“Coming up with a new idea or solving a problem often requires that we think outside the box, so to …

“Coming up with a new idea or solving a problem often requires that we think outside the box, so to speak, and forgetting previous information allows us to do that,” says Storm. “By helping us to reduce the accessibility of old information, saving may facilitate our ability to think of new ideas and solve difficult problems.”

(Credit: iStock) The simple act of saving something, such as a file on a computer, may improve our memory for the information we encounter next, according