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How Forgetting Allows You To Remember — And Be A Better Thinker

Our ability to forget helps us to learn, make decisions ... and remember a face. This seeming paradox has intrigued writers and led to important new research on how the brain functions.

A glass head containing a Neural Interface for Memory Restoration sensor developed by DARPA, which reads signals from the brain, stimulating neurons to combat memory loss.
A glass head containing a Neural Interface for Memory Restoration sensor developed by DARPA, which reads signals from the brain, stimulating neurons to combat memory loss.
Florence Rosier

GENEVA — We all complain about our memory. More precisely, we deplore its limited storage and recall capabilities. But how often do you hear someone complain about their insufficient forgetfulness? Never. And yet! We should all give thanks to our ability to forget. While a good memory certainly allows us to retain the essential parts of our knowledge and experiences, it must also be able to erase what is extraneous, useless, bulky.

"It's important that the brain forgets the unimportant details to focus on what really matters in our daily decision-making," says Blake Richards. Along with fellow University of Toronto researcher Paul Frankland, Richards is the co-author of an article published in the prestigious Neuron magazine on June 21 that explores the fundamental benefits of forgetting.

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👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

[*Choctaw, Native American]

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