In the strange twist on brain and cognitive science, new research claims that forgetfulness can be a sign of brain being lazy and efficient at the same time. In a nutshell, our brain tends to assign objects and people to a context, and it needs to learn to disassociate them. Our brain, according to the scientist from Bond University, is efficient in an intrinsic manner, to the point where you can call it lazy. The team hopes that these findings may be a small step towards development of functional brain implants that will be able to restore some of our memory.
- A study involving an MRI scanner suggests our brains only encode only the information it thinks is needed.
- Forgetfulness is a feature that prevents us from encoding too much information.
- Sufferers of hyperthymesia – a condition in which nearly everything is remembered – have a hard time focusing.
“A new study led by Assistant Professor Oliver Baumann of Bond University sheds fresh light on the way the body’s most complex organ captures memories.”