Explaining why scientists understand 12-year-old 'Why do we forget?'


Jon Tyson

“Why am I forgetting what I was trying to say when I tried to say something?” Asked Mr. Peter Wilson, Professor of Developmental Psychology at the Australian Catholic University in response to a 12-year-old question from Labib. The reason is explained in an easy-to-understand manner.

Curious Kids: why do I sometimes forget what I was just going to say?

Everyone should have the experience of `` forgetting what they were trying to do '', but forgetting like this `` going through the street while talking with friends '' `` moving in the room while touching the smartphone '' This is more likely to occur during a “dual task” where multiple tasks are performed simultaneously.

While our brains are amazingly powerful computers, the amount of mental energy available at one time is limited.

The brain is like a power plant. Power plants supply energy to many cities, but some cities require more energy, and some cities require less energy. The role of power plants is to distribute energy appropriately in these cities.


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The brain supplies energy to tasks as well as power plants, but the energy that the brain has increases with age. Adolescents than young children, and adults than youth, have more energy and can be supplied to tasks.

Adults with experience are willing to share energy in multiple tasks, but research has shown that children are less good at dual tasks than adults. This is thought to be because the power plant is small and cannot produce as much energy as an adult.

Whether you're biking, playing sports or cooking, the more you practice, the more you can do dual tasks. Soccer players can juggle while talking, because they can juggle without thinking, so they have more mental energy to spend on other things.

So, the answer to the question “Why do you forget what you speak before you say something?” Was “possibly a dual task”. It may be because you were thinking about what you wanted to say and something else at the same time, or focusing on listening to the story while thinking about what you should say. Forgetting things is normal for everyone, and often happens when you are doing multiple things at the same time.

by Ben White

“If you forget, take a deep breath and relax, you can remember again when your head is clear and full of energy again,” Wilson advised.

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