The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here
I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”
Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.
The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.
I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.
this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place
FINALLY AN EXPLANATION
hannimentary au: “well, if you ever get bored of committing felonies, i can always let you take a look at the bodies we get in the lab.”
All the boys /o/
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where do I watch the swimming anime
I have it, we could have a party. There could be all the watching of Swimming anime.
Or if your need is immediate (which, yes, I support an immediate marathon): http://www.animetake.com/?s=free%21&x=-953&y=-132 might help you.
Or ep one specifically: http://www.animetake.com/free-swimming-episode-1/
"I blew all my covers, I’ve got to figure out a new one."
"That might take a while."
"I’m counting on it."
people should just reply to anon hate with this
damn dude thats brutal
You can not tell me Rei isn’t in love.
Still having feelings about this. Actually I don’t care who the wind up with as long as Nagisa and Rei are both happy. They could be bffs forever and ever and that would be amazing too. But mostly I’m just so pleased with this show for creating so many awesome pairings and continuing to be an amazing thing that makes me happy.
I don’t think I’ve posted this yet - my piece for the Rookery anthology with some other just graduated SVA classmates. The theme of the book was myths and urban legends. I spent my childhood summers on an island in Nova Scotia, and I was always fascinated with seals, and, because of that, selkies.
Disclaimer: I have not made out with a seal. Yet.
This is adorable and I hope the artist feels good about it because they should.