Another might be “hot” — and not just in reference to the
temperature. WEC was dedicated to MPI’s mandate to
design experiences and delivered on that promise through a
variety of sessions (escape rooms! puppy-cuddling sessions!),
attention-grabbing performances (from The Jabbawockeez
to Joan Jett), and nightly after-parties.
I stopped by the MPI Foundation’s The Big Deal, one of
those after-parties. It was held at Caesars, which made things
convenient for me, but I would have showed up anyway. I
kept hearing “experience” in the back of my mind — the
slogan was working. I knew I had to get out there more. Live
a little. This was Vegas, after all. It was time to try something
new! I approached the gambling area in the Caesars
Ballroom, then buckled. I grabbed an hors d’oeuvre instead
and popped it into my mouth.
Safe, but delicious.;.
— Jasmine Zhu
For more information: mpiweb.org/events/wec-2017
Good for You!
A new report concludes that forgetting things may be
your brain’s way of optimizing information.
It’s time to stop beating yourself up over your Swiss-cheese memory. After looking at years of data on
memory, memory loss, and brain activity in both humans
and animals, University of Toronto researchers Paul
Frankland and Blake Richards have concluded that forgetting things is not only normal, it can make us smarter.
Now, where was I? Oh, yes. Anyway, the two suggest that
the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate
information over time, but rather to help make intelligent
decisions. And we’re better able to do that by letting go
of what’s not important.
“It’s important that the brain forgets irrelevant details and
instead focuses on the stu; that’s going to help make
decisions in the real world,” Richards told Time Health.
As Frankland’s studies in mice indicated, when new brain
cells are formed, they “overwrite” old memories and make
them harder to access. From an evolutionary standpoint,
exchanging old memories for new ones can enable us
to better adapt to new situations by not relying on
“If you’re trying to navigate the world and your brain is constantly bringing up con;licting memories,” Richards said,
“that makes it harder for you to make an informed decision.”
Forgetting speci;ic details about past events while still
remembering the big picture, the researchers said, makes
it easier for us to generalize previous experiences and
better apply them to current situations.
So, go ahead and feel better about your intellect the next
time you watch “Jeopardy!” Or whatever that game show
is called. .
— Michelle Russell
For more information: convn.org/memory-TIME
nights to live