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How Much Does Intelligence Influence Your Memory?


Tags: Intelligence, Intellect, Memory, IQ, forget, lost keys, forgetfulness, memory loss

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By Macie Berlin on September 23, 2015

The correlation between intelligence and memory seems to be an obvious one. Without a certain level of intelligence, how can someone retain information? After all - that is what memory embodies - retaining things like equations, facts and definitions in order to demonstrate a developed intellect. Right?

 

 

Yes and no.  While this statement is true, there are other factors that pertain to both intelligence and memory that may make the direct correlation between the two a bit more debatable. What about motor skills? Dance? Movement? Is someone more or less smart with these attributes? Do they embody greater or lesser intelligence?

 

In order for a correlation to be made, both elements need to be properly defined. When looking at intelligence, there are a few options. Are we looking at someone’s IQ, which involves questions that have not changed in decades? Are we looking at scores, grades, vocabulary or “street smarts?” Generally speaking, the social definition of intelligence refers to someone’s ability to excel at a subject matter (or matters) well and with pace. In other words, you can recall accurate information quickly.

 

 

Is the recollection of this information your memory? Yes, but more specifically, it is  your working memory, which means you’re able to manipulate the information you’re working with (solve equations, apply science, etc.). This is different than the memories made full of childhood memories, actors’ names and where you last put your keys.

 

While specific intelligence may directly correlate with working memory, memory in general can be manipulated by stress, lack of sleep and even the environment. Are you more apt to remember the details of your dinner spread from 2 months ago if you score well in math and science? Or vice versa? Not necessarily, which is why the claim about this symbiotic relationship gets murky. Without any true reasoning or concrete evidence, most of our alleged entanglement with intelligence and memory is really just a subjective theory.

 

 


TrackR holds its ground that intellect has no bearing on being able to lose or forget your items, so we maintain that everyone is subject to have a “flawed” memory at any given time and continue to work hard to end your search.

 

 

 

About the Author

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Macie Berlin

Macie is the Content Marketer at TrackR and helps bring stories and tips to life. She loves all Pat Conroy novels and hanging out with loveable dogs!