With our memory, we use to learn and think.Memory is the mental faculty of retaining and recalling past experiences.Some people have very sharp memory. They can easily recall anything.
But some people do not have the same ability, it is difficult for them to remember things. They often face problem in recalling memories, names or anything.
A paper was published in the journal Neuron that says having a strong memory is overrated and if we forget things it will make us stronger.
Paul Frankland and Blake Richards researchers from the University of Toronto write a report and according to that ultimate goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time.
They believe that it will help us to memorize only those information which is worthy and letting the rest go.
After conducting researches on memory, memory loss and brain activity in humans and animals, they came with the conclusion that new brain cells are formed in the hippocampus, all the old memories and connections are overwritten. This is studied was performed on mice.
“It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that’s going to help make decisions in the real world,” said Richards.
You can take an example like we learn new information about something and we got to know that thing is updated now, then we automatically forget about the false or outdated information.We often forget memories of past events but what we remember is that big or something specific about that event.
There is a difference between having a bad memory and forgetting occasional things.Suppose you forgetting everything constantly then you should consult a doctor. But on other hands, if you forget some specific details about some event or forget to do something, then there is no need to worry about it.It’s a sign that your memory system is healthy and doing exactly what it should be.
Remember that time when we used to memorize the numbers or our relatives or wrote it on diaries but technology is advanced, our brains do not need to store as much information such as phone numbers and other facts that can be found on the internet. Now memorizing these things is not our job, our phones, tablets and laptops are doing it for us.
Richard said, “We know that exercise increases the number of neurons in the hippocampus, but they’re exactly those details from your life that don’t actually matter, and that may be keeping you from making good decisions.”
Other Exercises to Sharpen Your Memory:
If you want to sharpen your memory then Make a list of a grocery list or things to do and try to memorize it. Then after two or three hours check how many things you still remember.
Do Math In Your Head:
Try to solve equations and problems in your head while walking without any help of a calculator.
Strengthen Your Hand-Eye Abilities:
Well for this try to adopt a new hobby like painting, sketching or anything that will improve your hand-eye ability.
Draw A Map From Memory:
Try to draw maps of every new area, parks or every place you visit. This exercise can be done anytime you visit a new place.