Consider how frequently you find yourself forgetting certain things. You might forget the name of someone from your past, a word you want to use, or the date of a friend’s birthday. Therefore, you might have felt very uncooperative and unsure of yourself.

However,  according to Researchers Paul Frankland and Blake Richards from the University of Toronto have found that old memories in the brain are literally “overwritten” by new memories. It is mostly tougher for us to remember the old impressions – or forget them completely.

As per the research, just because a person possesses a better memory level, it doesn’t mean that the person is highly intelligent. As a matter of fact, the study found that the opposite tends to be correct. There are people who memorize all the details in their heads which is very useful and healthier, but it is even healthier to remember a superior scale of everything and forget small facts.


According to Professor Richards, It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the things that will help you make decisions in the real world. This truly means that the link between these two processes, remembrance, or persistence, and transience, supports in the process of making decisions in dynamic, noisy environments.

As per their results, it suggests that the actual purpose of memory is the optimization of decision-making and not the transmission of details. so, transience improves flexibility by reducing the influence of outdated information on memory-guided decision-making, and stops overfitting to specific past events, promoting generalization.

When the brain is too crowded with unimportant memories or too many memories, it will lead us to mind conflicts and avoid us from making decisions. As an example, a brain with many memories might be indecisive because it accounts for too many variables. This means that transience is similarly important as persistence, as “bad memory” can be a mechanism of the brain that aims at creating room for appropriate information by avoiding energy waste by the brain due to remembering unimportant information.

It is acceptable to infrequently to miss small details since you can now easily look up just about any fact you need to know at any time.

But, do you find your self-forgetting large segments of important information? So then, there might be a serious issue and it is very important to get help from a medical practitioner, otherwise, it is flawlessly normal to miss minor details. Professor Richards explains

Publisher’s Note:

Initially, this article was published as “Neuroscientists Say Your Forgetfulness Is A Sign Of Extraordinary Intelligence”, however, we have identified that this article was misleading the viewers as it was not revealed the factual findings of the real scientific paper.

Additionally, there is no connection between forgetfulness and intelligence, yet the brain removes outdated information from memory in order to make good decisions, this has stated in the updated version of the article.

Due to this reason, we have erased untrue data and modified the content of the article.