The thought of recalling every moment you’ve ever experienced is overwhelming in itself. Every birthday, fact, phone number or name you’d ever heard that too without reminders, calendars, apps, or lists. It is a point of argument that some are just gifted with an exceptional memory, a modern-day superpower most of us can only dream of. But in celebrating this one incredible skill, are we neglecting another, which implies the constant habit of forgetting? All the information that we read or learn is stored in our brain cells. It is said that anything or information to be precise is easier to remember when there are many strong pathways attached to it. This also means we need to think about something often enough to build a strong pathway ultimately leading to remember things. In this summary, we will explore how experiences become memories, and we’ll examine whether the way we create and store memories can influence the way that we remember as well as forget.
What is the Forgetting Curve?The ability of the human brain to retain information decreases with time. This is known as the forgetting curve. This curve clearly indicates that in the first period after learning or reviewing a piece of information we forget most of it. But the speed with which we forget any information depends on a number of different factors:
- How difficult is the learned material? How easy can you relate the already known information with facts?
- How is the information represented?
- Under which condition are you learning the material? Are you stressed?
- Are you fully rested and have you slept enough?
Why is Information Forgotten?Why do we forget? Memory failures are a daily occurrence. There’s nothing novel in this concept. From forgetting to return a call to forgetting keys. It is so common to forget that people most often than not rely on sources to help them remember important information. Various methods of remembering things include making lists in daily planners, setting alarms on phones for scheduling and attending important events. Having said that, there are actual reasons why information if forgotten, which include:
- Memory decay
- Failure to store
- Memory repression
How to Master the Art of Remembering?Every human has a memory capacity that is limitless. Our brain is capable of holding a lot of information so storage is never an issue. The sticking point here is the recall which helps in accessing information. Not only are recalls difficult, but it also affects how our peers perceive us. Give it a thought, we assume a person to be smart and organized when he/ she remembers dates, names, details and other such specifications. A person who apologizes constantly for not remembering names or recalls information incorrectly is considered to be less smart or at least not as desirable as a work partner as the person with a great memory. Memory matters in business. With some effort, you can improve it. These are some ways to enhance your total recall:
- Regularised sleep
- Indulging in creative activities
- Timely stress
- Spaced Repetition
Key Takeaways from the Whitepaper "Why We Forget And How We Remember":
- The defined time period required for forgetting an action of information
- Reasons why we forget
- Techniques to remember information
- Ways to use the concept of spaced repetition