Have you ever wondered why our loved ones, especially our mother’s, sometimes mix up our names? A new NPR study has finally found a way to scientifically explain why sometimes we mix up our loved one’s names, and the explanation is quite amusing.
Probably most of us experienced, at some point in our lives, the curious feeling of calling out a person we love by using someone else’s name. When you were kids, you have probably heard your mother calling you out using your dog’s name or worse, you SO calling you using her ex’s name.
Whatever the case maybe, it would seem that there’s a simple explanation for why this phenomenon occurs. As we know, the human brain is one of the most efficient storage devices in the Universe. One cannot even begin to comprehend the amount of information our brain can stores.
Sadly, there is a limit to how much we can use all information gathered since birth. Now, for efficiency purposes, our brain, like a good little manager, organizes the information using folders. You have a brain folder for work, another one for fun, and, of course, one where you store information about the people you love (this brain folder also includes relationships with romantic implications).
Samantha Deffler, a psychologist, and an NPR specialists made a few statements regarding why people mix up their loved one’s names. As Deffler declared, this is not a sign of memory loss or aging; it’s a regular and healthy process called a brain glitch.
Deffler explained that all information pertaining to love and to people we love (mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents, husbands, wives, kids, etc.) are stored inside the same brain folder. Now, with all that info crammed into a single place, it’s sometimes hard for the brain to call up the right ‘directory.’
As a result of this so-called brain glitch, each time we have to call out someone by his or her name, the brain gets stuck in that mountain of information and comes up with the name of a different person.
This brain glitch doesn’t necessarily mean that we love a person more than the other – in matters of love, the brain doesn’t discriminate. So, the next time you decide to mix up your SO’s name with another person, do be sure to tell him or her that your brain had a 404 error.
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