Being forgetful is a sign of high intelligence claims study

omg 11/03/2019

Ever find yourself walking into a room and forgetting why you walked in there? Or going to get in the car and realising you've lost your keys? Things like that might annoy you at the time, but there's some good news behind it!

A study from the University of Toronto has found that people who are more forgetful actually have a higher intelligence.

"The real goal of memory is to optimize decision-making," one of the researchers says.

"It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and instead focuses on the stuff that’s going to help make decisions in the real world."

"The point of memory is to make you an intelligent person who can make decisions given the circumstances, and an important aspect in helping you do that is being able to forget some information."

So really, our brains can only hold so much info - so being forgetful over small things is a sign that your brain is simply prioritising bigger things.