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    Default Forgetting helps you remember the important stuff, researchers say

    LISA TREI
    June 6, 2007

    For the first time, Stanford researchers using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) have discovered that the brain's ability to suppress irrelevant memories makes it easier for humans to remember what's really important.
    "It's somewhat of a counter-intuitive idea," said Brice Kuhl, a doctoral student working in the lab of Associate Professor Anthony Wagner of the Psychology Department. "Remembering something actually has a cost for memories that are related but irrelevant." But this cost is beneficial: The brain's ability to weaken unimportant memories and experiences enables it to function more efficiently in the future, Kuhl said.

    Keep reading: https://news.stanford.edu/news/2007/...ry-060607.html
    Read the original study here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17558403
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    I'd like to think that was true!

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