Is too much knowledge a bad thing ?
COLUMBUS , Ohio Sometimes knowledge can be a bad thing, especially when it comes to exact remembering of certain things.
A new study found adults did better remembering pictures of imaginary animals than they did remembering pictures of real cats.
"The adults remembered these artificial insect-like creatures they had just seen for the first time much better than they did the cats that were very familiar to them," said Vladimir Sloutsky, co-author of the study and professor and director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Ohio State University.
The results show how some types of memory might be better when people forget what they know and instead approach a subject with a child-like sense of navet.
"Verbatim memory is often a property of being a novice," said Sloutsky, who is also associate dean of research at the university's College of Human Ecology . "As people become smarter, they start to put thing ...more