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'Why We Remember' with Neuroscientist Dr. Charan Ranganath

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Charan Ranganath (Michael Rock)

Have you ever wondered why you keep forgetting where you put your keys? Or the name of a stranger you met at a party? It’s easy to dwell on our everyday forgetfulness, especially as we get older. But for UC Davis neuroscientist and psychologist Dr. Charan Ranganath, the more important question is “why do we remember?”  He says that brains have evolved to deprioritize unimportant things in favor of information that can help us survive and navigate a changing world. “Our memory is much, much more than an archive of the past; it is the prism through which we see others and the world.” We talk to Ranganath about how memory works and how better to remember the things that matter. His new book is “Why We Remember.”


Charan Ranganath, professor of psychology and neuroscience, UC Davis, where he leads the Dynamic Memory Lab. His new book is "Why We Remember."


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