Is There An Upside To Forgetting? This Video Shows It!

The brain is a very interesting body part. Considered to be the central core center that makes the entire body, it is responsible for all our voluntary and involuntary functions. The Inquisitr has reported in the past many articles in association with the brain that is both educational and entertaining. This includes the breaking of myths about the brain, what happens to our brain on coffee, and what happens to our brain on alcohol, specifically brain cells.

But one thing that seems to happen to us that we wish didn’t happen – or at times wish it happened more – is forgetting. So the question that is brought up that requires an answer is, is there an upside to forgetting? Fortunately for us, BrainCraft gives us that answer in a very entertaining Youtube video, which even uses Street Fighter II: The World Warrior and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles soundbites.

Uploaded on the official Youtube channel of BrainCraft, the video has over 30,000 views with over 400 likes. A measly 17 people didn’t like the idea that there was an upside to forgetting. Also, as of the publication of this article, the video is in Youtube’s 100 Most Popular Videos list.

From what the video teaches, there are two theories on forgetting. The first is known as the decay theory in which we forget things over a period of time. For example, do you remember all your classmates from elementary school? Probably not, right? Well, they were removed because they weren’t being used, thus decaying. The second theory is known as the interference theory. This theory is best explained as memories fighting with each other. When one memory is similar to an older one, the newer memory “interferes” with the older memory, thus replacing it.

There is more to actually talk about from the video, but I am sure you would like to watch the video. Afterwards, please let us know what you thought about it in the comments below.