Forgetting is essential to the smooth running of the brain

from Marie-Céline Jacquier, read full article in french on Futura Sciences

Forgetting is an essential element in the human intelligence because it allows to concentrate on what is important. An effective memory does not design as an accumulation of data: the preservation of too precise information can indeed become counterproductive.

That is said by two researchers of the university of Toronto in a new article appeared in Neuron, where they draw up a parallel between the human memory and the artificial recollection. […] According to the authors, the objective of the memory is not to pass on the most faithful information, but rather to optimize the decision-making by preserving only those of value. […] Forgetting allows to adapt oneself to new situations by leaving aside dated and misleading information which are not necessarily useful in an environment that has changed.

 

 

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