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Brain scans reveal why your brain forgets details

7 December 2018

Brain scans reveal why your brain forgets details

We can struggle to put names to faces

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Our brains are much better at recalling vague pieces of information than precise details, according to two studies. One possible evolutionary explanation is that abstract ideas could be more helpful than specifics for getting through daily life.

“Imagine you get bitten by a dog in the park. If you want to prevent being bitten again, it doesn’t help to just remember that this particular cute, little, white dog in this particular park has bitten you. What you want to memorise is that if you meet a free …

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