Fighting Forgetfulness

Think of your brain as a refrigerator. You put information in it to preserve and use later. When you need that information again you remember it, “taking it out of the fridge” so to speak. But what happens if you leave something in there for too long? In a fridge, old food goes bad and needs to be thrown out. In your brain, unused information gets tossed out too. This is a massive oversimplification, but you probably get the idea.

Quick, what was your second grade teacher’s name? If you don’t remember you’re not alone. Chances are you haven’t needed to know that for a long time, so you forgot it. No big deal. But that same phenomenon happens in the short term too. For instance, your association’s members will probably forget most of what they learn from your educational offerings within a week or so. (Hang in there, it’ll be okay, I promise).

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