16 Dec 2020

Study shows why brains struggle with unexpected encounters

From Midday Report, 12:45 pm on 16 December 2020

Have you ever run into a work colleague at the supermarket and failed to recognise them? Blame your brilliant, lazy brain.

A study out of Bond University in Queensland sheds light on the way our brain captures memories - in particular when a person or object is encountered in a place you wouldn't expect.

The study's lead is assistant professor Oliver Baumann, and he told Māni Dunlop that forgetfulness is actually a sign of an efficient brain.