How to remember something that you forgot

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By Nat Eliason in Psychology

Published or Updated on Mar 20, 2017

If you do anything remotely creative, then you naturally come up with ideas throughout the day. These could be articles to write, marketing tactics to try, businesses to test, books to read, people to contact, anything.

Hopefully you have a system for catching these ideas (I like to carry a notebook around), but if you don’t, or if you’re briefly without that system, you might end up in the sad situation of forgetting that brilliant idea you just had.

Fortunately, there are a few ways to make that idea pop back into your head. These are the three I use on a regular basis.

1. Think Back Through the Topics that Led to It

Say you’re having a conversation and you both get distracted and lose the topic that you were last on. One easy way to figure it out is to talk back through everything you were discussing leading up to it:

“Okay, so we had started by talking about the beach, then I said how my dog never liked going in the water, and you said you had a corgi who could swim faster than a jetski, and that reminded me of a video of a corgi rolling down some stairs, and I was about to show that to you before that bird decided to try to make a nest out of your hair.”

You can use the same tactic for ideas you’ve forgotten. Simply by trying to think back through the series of thoughts that led to it, you can stumble back on the same idea or at least something close to it:

“Then I was thinking about that dog rolling down the stairs and how happy he looked at the end, and I was wondering why human bodies can’t take that kind of beating, and then I remembered how frogs seem fine even when dropped from significant heights, and oh yeah I was thinking about an article on terminal velocity relative to body mass and how that affects humans and other animals.”

When that fails, another option is to…

2. Recreate the Stimulus for the Idea

One thing I miss about college is how bored I was. When I was sitting in class bored out of my mind trying to feign interest in a poorly designed powerpoint presentation, I came up with tons of ideas. They seemed to spring out of thin air and into my notebook as fast as I could write them down.

I don’t get forced into that kind of boredom anymore, but sometimes I’ll deliberately read an interesting-yet-just-boring-enough book (On the Origin of the Species is fantastic for this) which stimulates a similar flood of ideas when I start to zone out. If, however, I forget one of those ideas, I can usually get it back by rewinding a few paragraphs and reading the section that sparked it again. It was typically some phrase, word, or idea that sparked my own idea, and by re-exposing myself to it, I can find it again.

This works for anything that could stimulate an idea. You might listen to the same song you were listening to when you had it, watch the same movie, talk to the same person, look at the same photos. Whatever stimulated the idea, return to it, and the idea will usually return with it.

But if it’s been a little bit longer and you don’t have that exact same mental stimulus, a third effective option is…

3. Return to the Environment You Had the Idea In

My housemates don’t know this since I’m the only one who works from home, but occasionally, I’ll spend a minute or two in the afternoon standing fully clothed in the shower with the water off.

How to remember something that you forgot

It’s not to scream incantations (though that’s fun too), rather, to remember some idea I had in the shower earlier.

The shower is one of the best places to stumble upon new ideas, but unless you’re particularly brave with your iPhone or have some magical waterproof notebook, you probably don’t have a great way to save those ideas.

But by taking a second later in the day to hop back in the shower (this time with less water and more notebooks) you’ll frequently find those ideas come popping back into your head.

This can happen with any idea-prone environment. Get back in your car, go back to the park, take out your bike, wherever you normally get hit with ideas, go back to it and you just might find one returning to you from earlier that you’d completely forgotten.

Whether or not we realize it, we’re constantly making an effort to influence our future memories. It could be something as simple as leaving ourselves a note or to-do list for tomorrow, or taking the time to pull out our phones to capture a particularly vivid sunset.

But that’s not all we’re capable of, according to Dr. Michael Anderson , a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the University of Cambridge who studies memory. In a recent interview with the New York Times , Anderson explains that in addition to determining which memories to hold onto, we also have some degree of control over what we forget. Here’s how that works and how to try it yourself.

How memories work

Our memories are shaped by something cognitive scientists like Anderson call “retrieval clues”—sensory cues we have that connect us to a previous moment, event or experience in our lives. These can be things like remembering a certain vacation every time you smell coconut, or thinking of an ex whenever you hear a particular song. So yes: kind of like what we think of as “triggers,” except not always disturbing.

How to forget something

As you’ve probably already guessed, simply avoiding certain retrieval clues or triggers isn’t very effective—especially because you never know when you’ll come across one. Instead, Anderson recommends a technique he calls “motivated forgetting.” Rather than avoiding retrieval clues, he suggests becoming more attuned to them—that way, you can reshape the way your brain responds to them.

Memory Retrieval

When you want to remember something, you retrieve the information on an unconscious level, bringing it into your conscious mind at will. While most people think they have either a “bad” or a “good” memory, in fact, most people are fairly good at remembering some types of things and not so good at remembering others. If you do have trouble remembering something — assuming you don’t have a physical disease — it’s usually not the fault of your entire memory system but an inefficient component of one part of your memory system.

Let’s look at how you remember where you put your eyeglasses. When you go to bed at night, you must register where you place your eyeglasses: You must pay attention while you set them on your bedside table. You must be aware of where you are putting them, or you won’t be able to remember their location the following morning. Next, this information is retained, ready to be retrieved at a later date. If the system is working properly, when you wake up in the morning you will remember exactly where you left your eyeglasses.

If you’ve forgotten where they are, one of several things could have happened:

  • You may not have registered clearly where you put them down to begin with.
  • You may not have retained what you registered.
  • You may not be able to retrieve the memory accurately.

Therefore, if you want to stop forgetting where you left your eyeglasses, you will have to work on making sure that all three stages of the remembering process are working properly.

If you’ve forgotten something, it may be because you didn’t encode it very effectively, because you were distracted while encoding should have taken place, or because you’re having trouble retrieving it. If you’ve “forgotten” where you put your eyeglasses, you may not have really forgotten at all — instead, the location of your eyeglasses may never have gotten into your memory in the first place. For example, you probably would say that you know what a five-dollar bill looks like, but most of the times that you’ve seen one, you’ve not really encoded its appearance, so that if you tried to describe it, you probably couldn’t.

Distractions that occur while you’re trying to remember something can really get in the way of encoding memories. If you’re trying to read a business report in the middle of a busy airport, you may think you’re remembering what you read, but you may not have effectively saved it in your memory.

Finally, you may forget because you’re simply having trouble retrieving the memory. If you’ve ever tried to remember something one time and couldn’t, but then later you remember that same item, it could be that there was a mismatch between retrieval cues and the encoding of the information you were searching for.

As we get older, memory problems tend to increase. In the next section, you will learn how aging can affect memory.

How to remember something that you forgot

Whether it’s an embarrassing situation at work or a bad date, everyone has memories they’d rather forget, and now new research suggests a way to do just that.

In the study, researchers found that trying to push away your thoughts about the less obvious, background aspects of such memories was key to intentionally forgetting something. Those background aspects may include the smells and sounds related to the actual events you’d rather not remember.

For example, if you wanted to forget the details of a conversation you just had, “you could push out of your mind a song playing in the background, or thoughts related to a scene happening outside your window or something like that,” said study co-author Jeremy Manning, an assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

Although the researchers did not examine the details of the strategies people in the study employed to mentally push out certain thoughts, researchers have previously suggested two main strategies that might help in this process, Manning said. [7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You]

One strategy is to clear one’s mind and deliberately try to think of nothing, and the other involves trying fill one’s mind with thoughts about something very different than whatever a person is trying to forget. “If you don’t want to think of the color blue, you think of green things instead, or red,” Manning told Live Science. “Or, if you don’t want to think of one song, you try to distract yourself with another song.”

In the new study, the researchers looked at 25 people ages 19 to 34. The researchers gave the participants lists of words to study while showing them images of outdoor scenes, such as forests, mountains and beaches. The researchers then asked the people to try to either remember the words on the list or forget them. Meanwhile, the researchers scanned the people’s brains to look at their brain activity throughout the experiment.

Results showed that when the people were asked to forget the words, they tried to push out of their minds thoughts related to the images they had been shown while studying the words. “It’s like intentionally pushing thoughts of your grandmother’s cooking out of your mind if you don’t want to think about your grandmother at that moment,” Manning said in a statement.

However, this pushing out of the images did not occur when the people were asked to remember the words, according to the study, published May 5 in the journal Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [Why You Forget: 5 Strange Facts About Memory]

It also turned out that that when the people were told to forget the words, the more they pushed away their thoughts about the images, the fewer words they were actually able to recall later on. This finding shows that the process is effective at facilitating forgetting, the researchers said.

Though studies of memory often focus on how people remember things, forgetting can sometimes be beneficial, too, Manning said. For example, some people, such as soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), may want to forget traumatic events, he said. “Or we might want to get outdated information ‘out of our head,’ so we can focus on learning new material,” he said. “Our study identified one mechanism that supports these processes.”

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How to remember something that you forgot

For anyone who’s ever forgotten something or someone they wish they could remember, a bit of solace: Though the memory is hidden from your conscious mind, it might not be gone.

In a study of college students, brain imaging detected patterns of activation that corresponded to memories the students thought they’d lost.

“Even though your brain still holds this information, you might not always have access to it,” said neurobiologist Jeffrey Johnson of the University of California, Irvine. His remarks appeared in the study he co-authored, published Wednesday in Neuron.

That recalling a memory triggers the neurological patterns encoded when the memory was formed is a tenet of cognitive science. Less understood, however, is what becomes of those patterns at moments of incomplete recall.

Maybe you remember breakfast at a certain restaurant, but not what you ate; perhaps you recall a particular conversation, but not what you said. It’s not known whether those details vanish from the mind altogether, or are subsumed by some larger pattern, or remain intact but inaccessible.

“It wasn’t quite clear what happens to them,” said Johnson of lost details. “But even when people claim that there are no details attached to their memories, we could still pick some of those details out.”

Of the the forgotten breakfast, he said that “we might still be able to pick up information about what you ate from brain activity, though you can’t access it consciously.”

Johnson’s team put eleven female and five male college students inside an fMRI machine, which measures real-time patterns of blood flow in the brain. Each student was shown a list of words, then asked to say each word backwards, think of how it could be used, and imagine how an artist would draw it.

Twenty minutes later, the researchers showed them the list again, and asked the students to remember what they could of each word.

Recollection triggered the original learning patterns, a process known technically as reinstatement; the stronger the memory, the stronger the signal.

“What I think is cool about the study is that the degree of cortical reinstatement is related to the strength of our subjective experience of memory,” said Anthony Wagner, a Stanford University memory researcher who wasn’t involved in the experiment.

But at the weak end of the gradient, where the students’ conscious recall had faded to zero, the signal was still there.

It’s possible that the students lied about what they remembered. But if not, then memory may truly persist. The question then is how long memories could last — weeks, months, even years.

“We can only speculate that this is the case,” said Johnson, who plans to run brain-imaging studies of memory degradation over days and weeks.

As for whether those memories could be intentionally guided to the surface, Johnson says that “at this stage, we’re just happy to be able to find evidence of reinstatement at a weak level. That would be something down the line.”

Nowadays, there are millions of games, and it becomes easier to forget their titles each day.

Sometimes, you can’t remember the name of a game so strong that you never find out what it was unless you accidentally stumble upon it.

And you are not the only person who has ever stuck in the problem. There are hundreds of people who try to find a game they forgot the name of on forums daily.

The good news is this article will teach you seven practical steps you can take if you can’t remember the name of a game that I use personally and recommend other people in order to successfully manage such issues.

So, want to know how to find a game that you forgot the name of? Let’s figure it out.

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How to remember something that you forgot

1. Ask on Forums

The first step I want you to do right before anything else is to create a new topic on a forum so that while you will be using other techniques, people will be walking through your post and somebody would give the right answer.

There are thousands of forums you can leave your question on, but I recommend starting with these big ones:

Make sure to provide as many details as you can about the game you forgot the name of, this includes: its genre, platform, theme, perspective, characters, special mission, or any other unique feature you remember.

People are kind and willing to help today. So, in most cases, this method works perfectly, but while your question is still unanswered, let’s proceed with the next steps.

How to remember something that you forgot

2. Game Databases

After you left a question on a forum, try to find a game that forgot the name of by yourself with the help of game databases. Here is a list of the most popular ones:

Select as many options as you can remember and they will give you a list of games that match your requirements.

How to remember something that you forgot

3. Just Google

Google is the biggest search engine in the world where you can find literally everything. Why don’t we use it to find our game?

Just type in distinctive characteristics of the game you can’t remember the name of, and it will most likely give you the right answer immediately.

For example, if you are looking for Outlast, your search query should include something like this: “a horror game where you play as a journalist in a hospital with a video camera.”

If it doesn’t work, try again with a more specific query or go to the next step.

How to remember something that you forgot

4. Google Images

Another cool feature from Google is Google Images. It works in the same way as the Search but instead of websites on search engine results pages, you will be offered a lot of related images.

So again, in the case with the Outlast, I suggest you would write something like this: “horror game video camera,” and it should give you the proper answer right away.

If not, try to scroll down for a while, maybe there are other games that match your query or try once again but be more specific this time to filter out more irrelevant games.

In case you still can’t find the game, let’s move on.

How to remember something that you forgot

5. Search Google by Images

It is unlikely that you have a screenshot from the game you forgot the name of but if you do, this time, try searching Google by images.

Google has a cutting edge Artificial Intelligence which is profound at recognizing pictures; therefore, as a result on your search query, it will offer visually similar images that are usually related to the game you are looking for.

How to remember something that you forgot

6. Search by Music from the Game

Google, Google, and Google. As well as the previous tips, this one also includes services provided by Google: YouTube and Google Search.

Thus, if you know a name of any soundtrack or its author from the game you can’t remember the name of, simply put it into a search box on the YouTube or Google Search including “OST” and “game” keywords.

This way, it will tell us from which game the soundtrack is.

How to remember something that you forgot

7. Look for the Best Games of the Genre

The last tip also features Google Search.

If you haven’t managed to find the game that you can’t remember the name of using the methods above, it means you know pretty much nothing about the game.

So now, instead of being specific, let’s try to be broad and look for the best games of the genre.

For example, if I were looking for the Outlast, this is how my search query would look like: “best horror games.”

As a result, you will get a list of best games of the similar genre with your game and you will have to go through tens or even hundreds of games in order to find the right one.

To sum up, although it is hard to find a game that you forgot the name of, using these powerful seven techniques I have outlined above tremendously increases your chances for success.

So, make sure to use each of them properly and don’t forget to look up to the answers to your question you left during the first step. There are likely to be some answers already.

Hope my article was useful and you have found the game you can’t remember the name of.

Also, if none of these methods helps, try to describe your game in the comments section below, and I will help you to figure it out.

Furthermore, if you have another cool way to find the game that you forgot the name of, please share it with us in the comments as well in order to make this page even more valuable.

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Dua To Forget The Past or to forget bad memories can be use to make someone forget something you did. Get solve your queries about how to stop thinking about someone in Islam?

Which Dua Use To Forget The Past?

The past is full of baggage. At times it is full of something. Which we want to forget. As a result, our past is full of guilt. It has those evil things which we want to forget. But is it that easy? Perhaps not.

As it follows us wherever we go. And no matter how hard we want to get rid of it. We just aren’t able to do it. As a result, it is after us all the time. Day and night, we tend to think about it.

That is the thing with memory. It stays with us all the time. So, if that is the case with you. So, first of all, you need to learn to let go. Thus, in a way by doing that. You are just going to help yourself.

How to remember something that you forgot

Dua To Forget The Past

Furthermore, you need to forgive yourself. We all are humans, and we tend to make mistakes. Thus, it is better to accept. And at the same time don’t repeat them. Also, Allah is the only one who can forgive.

Therefore, if the guilt persists, then ask him to help. Inshallah, he will. We all want to forget the bad past. Most of the time, an evil past is complicated to let go of. Moreover, we don’t have control over our memory. But Allah can do anything. And if you want to forget the past. Then indeed, he will make it happen.

The Procedure of The Dua To Forget The Past

The methods are simple. First of all, do prayers regularly. As it will help you fight depression.
Now you need to recite the Surah 23.

That is surah Al Muminoon, the verse numbers 97 and 98. Thus after some time, you will see the change. At the same time, you need to change your mindset.

Which Dua Use To Forget Bad Memories?

Dua To Forget Bad Memories, Bad memories can act as shabby memories. Thus, it clung on to you. And do not let you go on. No matter how much you want to divert your mind. But that lousy thought keeps coming back to you. So, all you have to be real stern here.

As such, things boys you down for no reason. Also, when you don’t expect them to. They come and perturb you. These days mental peace is tough to fund. And bad memories are the real evil. So, here all you need is the real self-control.

The person who takes the name of Allah regularly. Will never let such memories come and bigger him. Thus, what you may feel. And the moment it strikes you. Therefore you need to be strong in your resolve.

Also, Namaz brings you peace. And it helps you fight depression. When such memories start coming to you, then you should realize that it is the beginning of your depression. Furthermore, you need to take the help of the counseling. Thus, all you need is to save yourself. No matter what.

The Procedure of The Dua To Forget Bad Memories

The dua has to be followed after the Namaz. So, it is better that you decide a single time for that. Thus, just before you start praying. Recite the following dua:

“Rabbi Aoothubika min hamazaatishshayateen. Waootubika rabbi a yah dhuroon.”

Inshallah, all your bad memories will go away. Ameen.

Which Dua Use To Make Someone Forget Something You Did?

Dua To Make Someone Forget Something You Did, At times our past contains some embarrassing things. Thus, when such a thing happens, we want to hide that from others. But what if such items are evident.

As others also know about them. And, whenever you come across them, you feel embarrassed. So how to get rid of that. As we might have some control over our memories. But, not that of others. So if a second person knows about it. All we try is to have him forget that.

On the contrary, society has people who look for ways. They are unable to forgive or forget someone. As a result, when they know about something. They use that thing to exploit the person. Thus such things happen just because we don’t have a fear of Allah.

Therefore, as a society, we need to change too. But if your situation is precarious. Then Inshallah Allah will come to your rescue. All you have to do is to keep a little patience. And in your desperation, don’t do something which will cause you trouble.

The Procedure of The Dua To Make Someone Forget Something You Did

So here is one easy thing. The moment you meet that person. Or you are around him. Then just start reciting, “Ya Raufo.” As a result, they will do what you want. Or don’t contradict you most importantly.

FAQ About Dua To Forget The Past

How To Stop Thinking About Someone In Islam?

Well, Islam is an efficient religion. Thus all you have to do is to follow it diligently. And, never act as an emotional fool. As nothing is permanent in life. So all you need is to remind yourself of this. People come and go. And those who have to stay, they stay. And those who don’t, they will never. No matter how hard you try. So, in our text, it is written. The love of Allah is the truest of all. Furthermore, what is there for you will always be there. But, a person who was once there in your life. And now they are no more. Then diverting your mind is the best thing. Also, I am not saying you should forget about that person in a day. But, yes, indeed you can try. Once you keep yourself busy in Namaz and dua. Then Inshallah, you will see the change gradually. Also, dua had immense power. Once Allah knows what you want. Thus, inshallah, you will have his help. Moreover, you need to get rid of things, which reminds you of them often. And, when you start doing that. Then Inshallah, there will come the point that when letting them go. It will get effortless. And Inshallahit will happen. And, all you need is a little effort from your side.

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