Evolutionarily, our minds aren’t naturally hardwired to recollect complicated math equations or codes (although it’s fairly cool that we are able to). “We’re programmed to recollect issues which have actual that means, versus only a random string of numbers,” Milstein says.
So in the event you often neglect your passwords, that’s truly extra innate (and customary) than you assume. “Don’t really feel dangerous about these issues,” Milstein says. Particularly when you have got 1,000,000 different duties occurring, random data like that simply will get trashed to make room for extra vital issues.
Nevertheless, “If the factor that we’re studying has that means, if it has some emotional component to it (it’s humorous, it’s scary, and so on.), it’s extra more likely to stick,” Milstein notes. This is the reason you would possibly bear in mind each second of the final scary film you watched, but slip up in your finest pal’s cellphone quantity.
So if you wish to bear in mind one thing easy (say, a string of numbers like a date or cellphone quantity), then you must mentally tie it to one thing foolish or scary, Milstein suggests. “That’s the way in which you make these reminiscences stick,” he notes. Dramatizing the numbers or utilizing them in a foolish sentence would possibly assist far more than you assume.