Imagine being able to recall every moment you’ve ever experienced. 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. Which 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 a Forgetting Curve?The term forgetting curve describes how the ability of the brain to retain information decreases in time. 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 is it to relate the information with facts, which you know already?
- 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? From forgetting where you left your keys to forgetting to return a phone call, memory failures are an almost daily occurrence. Forgetting is so common that you probably rely on numerous methods to help you remember important information such as jotting down notes in a daily planner or scheduling important events on your phone's calendar. 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 single one of us has a limitless memory capacity. Storage isn't the issue, as our brains can hold everything and then some. It’s recall accessing the information in our memories, that’s the sticking point. Not only is recall difficult, but it also affects how our peers perceive us. Think about it- The person who remembers details, dates, names, specifications—we think of that person as smart, organized and someone we want to do business with. The person who constantly apologizes for never remembering a name or recalls information incorrectly. We think of that person as less smart, or at least not as desirable a work partner as the person with the 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