Why do we remember what we remember? | Curio

Why do we remember what we remember?

21 mins | Apr 13, 2022

No matter how advanced we get, our brains can still surprise us. How our memories work is a cognitive science mystery, with many theories currently circulating. However, regardless of popular opinion, one thing is sure, what we retain has nothing to do with how good our brains are at storing information but the memorability of the data itself. Further contradicting traditional thought is the recent discovery that Artificial Intelligence is remarkably good at predicting which images humans will remember, indicating that there is something predetermined about what our brains store and what they throw away. Science reporter Brian Resnick discusses the latest cognitive psychology research and conclusions regarding memorability, including the types of events we're more likely to hold onto, the tools we can use to manipulate our brains, and the various factors like attractiveness that can come into play.

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