If you want to remember – Forgeta ’bout it!

It’s a strain on my brain

to remember

whether it’s June, July or December

Multiple memories,

lots of tasks

my brain crowns the winner

which I reward with dinner

Eats I never forget

Food my permanent mind set

Trying To Remember Multiple Things May Be The Best Way To Forget Them

by CHRIS BENDEREV

“A new scientific model of forgetting is taking shape, which suggests keeping multiple memories or tasks in mind simultaneously can actually erode them.”

“Neuroscientists already knew that memories can interfere with and weaken each other while they are locked away in the recesses of long-term memory. But this new model speaks to what happens when multiple memories are coexisting front and center in our minds, in a place called “working memory.”‘
“It argues that when we let multiple memories come to mind simultaneously, those memories immediately lock into a fierce competition with each other.” When these memories are tightly competing for our attention the brain steps in and actually modifies those memories,” says Jarrod Lewis-Peacock, a neuroscientist at UT Austin.”

“The brain crowns winners and losers. If you ended up remembering the milk and forgetting the phone call, your brain strengthens your memory for getting milk and weakens the one for phoning your friend back, so it will be easier to choose next time you’re faced with that dilemma.”

I’m so smart.  I’ve been employing this strategy for years!  The only problem is when I remember what I forgot, I forget why I needed to remember what I forgot to remember.

(jw)

P.S. I forgot to tell you that you can read the entire article

by clicking on the title above.

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6 thoughts on “If you want to remember – Forgeta ’bout it!

  1. When I was teaching Hebrew, I learned that teaching the kids all the months of the year, or all the seasons, or all the colors, in other words, everything associated with one category, confused them and they were unlikely to remember anything. I taught small bits and reviewed the vocabulary many times, giving them a chance to internalize and thus really remember what they needed to know. I incorporated fun games to help trigger their memories, bit by bit. I’m not a genius – I’d been told they couldn’t learn everything at once. My only genius was understanding how true it was and to follow what proved to be excellent advice from a master Hebrew teacher. Then I applied the same strategy to teaching other information.

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