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Ever wondered why your mind keeps useless information and not retain important stuff?

Asked by Hypocrisy_Central (26879points) September 6th, 2011

Thinking back to my high school days recently, the conclusion came to me, that I hardly remember any of it. I remember I had a biology class I really liked, but I can’t remember who taught it or what I learned in it. I also had an ancient world history class I liked a lot, but hardly remember anything of it. The only teacher I can remember is my art teacher. Other names come to mind but I don’t know if they actually taught at my high school, if they were from Jr. high school, or if I ever had a class they taught. However, the theme song to ”The Love Boat”, ”Gilligan’s Island”, and other useless information I remember even though I didn’t try to. If this has happened to you, have you ever wondered why? Why can’t the stuff that is important be remembered as well as worthless junk?

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Scooby's avatar

I tend to find the stuff I remember most from my past is the stuff I really enjoyed, classes, people etc….. it’s all the same, the other stuff was just immaterial I guess……. :-/

Hibernate's avatar

Yes. Though I remember a lot of important stuff. Anyway useless to say I remember a bunch of random facts or statements from people I only met once or I just overheard.

mazingerz88's avatar

Useless = Fun

marinelife's avatar

It depends on where it was stored in the brain. “Working information” like the content of classes is overwritten as it isn’t used.

TV show theme songs are stored differently.

YARNLADY's avatar

If you think that’s bad, what about this – My four year old grandson can recite the entire Pokemon Rocket Team pledge, yet cannot remember his address or phone number. I’ve made a big mistake with his training.

faye's avatar

Because we heard those theme songs and jingles so many times, it just stayed.

tranquilsea's avatar

@marinelife is right. Your brain works on a use it or lose it basis (really efficient). Song memory is stored in a different place. My sister (who’s head injured) had her working memory damaged so she can only remember things for 2 to 5 minutes before they are gone. BUT she can remember any song she hears a few times. We’ve often thought about singing her schedule to her.

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