A New Study Found the Real Reason People Have Trouble Remembering Names, They Just Don't Care
The next time someone messes up your name and then laughs and uses the excuse that they're "terrible with names", you should tell them to STFU. A new study by Kansas State's psychology department found that the real reason people forget names is because they don't CARE enough to remember them. Richard Harris ran the study, and he explained that a person's ability to remember the name of someone they meet is directly related to how engaged and interested they are in getting to know them. That's true for all types of memory.
The researchers found that the strength of your memory is related to your level of interest in the topic. So what about people like politicians and teachers who remember EVERYONE'S name? The researchers said that they're just more interested in meeting people than everyone else, which is probably why they chose that profession in the first place.