Most information we take in through our senses is forgotten very quickly. If it wasn’t, our minds would become overwhelmed with meaningless data.
So if you want to remember something long term, you’re probably going to need to review it repeatedly. Follow this time plan to make a memory permanent.
Despite some cases where individuals appear to have retained an extraordinary amount of trivial information from their past, most memory experts believe that we don’t remember everything. There is a mechanism which must be activated if a memory is to go into our long-term store. This chemical process seems to guard against us remembering unimportant details: it rarely encodes anything into memory if we ...