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9. Remembering: Hacks 81–92 > 81. Bring Stuff to the Front of Your Mind

Bring Stuff to the Front of Your Mind

Just because you’re not thinking of something doesn’t mean it isn’t there just waiting to pop into your mind. How recently you last thought of it, and whether you’ve thought of anything related to it, affects how close to the surface an idea is.

Things aren’t just in your thoughts or out of them. It seems as if some things are nearer the surface while others are completely in the dark, tucked deep down in your mind.

The things near the surface jump out into the light without much prompting; they connect to other things you’re thinking about, volunteer themselves for active duty in your cognitive processes, so to speak. This isn’t always a good thing, as anyone who has tried to put an upcoming exam or interview out of mind will attest.


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