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.