Everyone knows that embarassing feeling when you are standing in front of a person and can’t remember his or her name a few minutes later after the introduction. It seems this is a trait that all human beings have in common.
Here are the main reasons why it is so easy to forget people’s names.
The next-in-line effect
If there is a group of people and everyone has to introduce ones’ self, it is hard to concentrate and listen properly. Usually the concentration is devoted to our future performance, when we will need to say our name. Thus, there is not enough of capacity to memorize new names when the brain power is focused on ones’ self.