Your brain never forgets a memory

I found a great article in Wired UK Oct 14 issue (p. 76) where Ben Ambridge touched upon a subject I have thought a lot about. The mind never forgets a memory; the bottleneck is simply that we can’t retrieve it at will.

Roger Shepard showed his participants 600 pictures, each for just a few seconds. They were then asked to identify a previously seen picture from a series of pairs, each containing an old and a new picture. The findings were remarkable: the average person was able to recognise the old picture 98 per cent of the time.

– Ben Ambridge

How often have you suddenly gotten a burst of remembering something that seemed forgotten. It never left – it just needed the right time to come back.

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