Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles We're very excited to say that this video is sponsored by Nautilus. If you love learning and art, just like Life Noggin does, stay tuned at the end of the video to hear more about the cool work done by Nautilus and how viewers of Life Noggin can save big. The human brain is truly remarkable. In addition to controlling your every thought and most of the functions within your body, it also stores and recalls a lifetime of memories, which means that it has an absolutely massive memory storage capacity. Scientists believe it's equal to 2.5 petabytes, or 2.5 million gigabytes of memory. Which, fun fact, is the equivalent of over 60,000 4K Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 movies. That's really impressive. But it also makes you wonder if all that is true, why are you humans so bad at remembering things? Let's go over why the human brain has this major character flaw. Cue the intro! You misplace your keys, don't remember names you were just told, and forget what you were saying mid-sentence! Seriously, what's up with all this? There are actually a few reasons for your everyday forgetfulness. The first is multi or dual-tasking, which is when you're doing more than one thing at the same time. This is usually the reason why you lose your train of thought when you're speaking or why you can't find something you just put away–you were too busy thinking about or doing something else. There's also something called blocking, and no, I did not invent this! This is when, no matter how hard you try, you just can't remember something that you're sure you know. It's most likely caused by another memory, similar to the one you're looking for, temporarily preventing you from coming up with the one you want. Another kind of obvious cause of forgetfulness is that you simply forgot. This can happen to old memories that you don't often think about. Kind of like a "use-it-or-lose-it" scenario. It's probably where all your middle school memories are stored. But this can also happen to brand-new information that's stored in your short-term memory and didn't have enough time or something memorable about it to become a long-term memory–like someone's name. And finally, there's age. As you age, the brain goes through some changes, like shrinking and losing connections and communication between brain cells. This leads to a cognitive decline and challenges with memory. So, it's normal to become a little more forgetful as you get older. This channel is 10 years old, so that means I'm 6,000 in internet years. Did I leave the oven on? Wait a minute, where are my keys? Oh wait, I don't have a car! Where was I? Oh yeah. If your bad memory starts to interfere with your ability to work, live independently, and have a social life, you should talk to your doctor about the possibility of a more serious condition. But needing to retrace your steps to find your keys, avoiding your neighbor because you can't remember if their name was Brad or Bryan (it was actually Chester, yikes), and having to ramble on about something until you can remember your point are all perfectly normal behaviors. Your brains got a lot of work to do, okay? Just give it a break! So, are you bad at remembering things? Do you have a story about a brain fart moment you'd like to share with the class? Share your story in the comment section below and I'll be responding to some good ones. Anyone who sees the value in using visuals or a unique idea to help people learn is a friend of Life Noggin. That's why I was, I guess you could say, overly excited when I got the chance to work today's sponsor Nautilus. If you're looking to shake up how you learn about the world beyond just YouTube, check this out. Nautilus explores big ideas in science. Its stories present ideas that will be debated long into the future. 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