If You Want to Remember More, Try Remembering Less

April 6, 2015 7:58 PM

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If You Want to Remember More, Try Remembering Less

We all would like to improve our memories, especially as we enter midlife and worry that it might be getting worse. It's annoying to forget where you put things, people's names or important information we need to help us get by at work or with friends. As you frantically try to recall what you forgot, your panic only grows along with your frustration.

Traditionally, psychology tells us that the best way to keep memories alive is to rehearse them over and over again. Practice makes perfect, so we think that the more we work over that information we're trying to keep alive in memory, the more likely it will be to stick in our brains. However, this ...

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