The Value of Forgetting

My mother was very good throughout her life at putting unpleasant thoughts out of her mind. She grew up as a first generation college educated U.S. citizen with immigrant parents, and  lived through the Depression and World War II. She faced challenges bravely throughout her life, among other things caring 10 years for my father, who suffered a double stroke in his early 60s. Mom lived to 94.

In a National Public Radio article June 23, 2017, author Andrea Hsu said:

Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember.

Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they review the current research into the neurobiology of forgetting and hypothesize that our brains purposefully work to forget information in order to help us live our lives.

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