Chris as Owen Chase (In The Heart of the Sea)
I don’t know what this is, but I like it. A lot.
"These are soberer days, and I know it can’t be, but I’ll miss you the way you miss the sea" — Elbow, "The Stops"
(My first ever attempt at a graphic, complete with my first try at shitty handwriting on my mac)
I drew Spider-Man like the new Spider-Woman.
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
This is probably the best piece of science I’ve ever heard in my life.
I’ve actually been using it to try and remember things I need to do later. I try and mentally place that memory in the room I’ll be in when I need to do it. Like if I suddenly remember I need to do something on the computer tomorrow, but i’m in bed and don’t have my phone handy to take notes, I’ll imagine myself sitting in the living room, on the couch, doing the thing. Mentally placing that reminder in the other room, so to speak. I haven’t been trying it for very long, so it could be coincidence, but I actually feel like I’m remembering things better now.
for blithers' tags:
VAGUELY sexual? Seriously, the look on Crane’s face? THAT IS NOT AN EXPRESSION OF FEAR. That’s “I just came in my breeches.”
don’t worry so much. if the multiverse theory is true, at least one other version of you did get some writing done today