Can’t Find Things At Home? Your Brain Can Have A Key

Posted under Uncategorized on Monday 6 February 2012 at 2:22 am

A great deal of modern people suffer from chronic lateness, and the impact of this bad habit on those around them is sometimes really huge. There is a great deal of reasons for being always late, including poor time management skills, procrastination, laziness, a lack of motivation, increased egoism, and many more. At that, many of us suffer from such a problem as inability to find things, thus spending too much time for searching out and, as a consequence, being late. Is in common for you to spend a half of an hour every morning to look for your keys, bag, papers, hat, or gloves? Do your endless searches cause you being late all the time? Do you want to know what can you do in order to make your daily searches more effective and less time consuming? Go on reading.

A group of scientists at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, led by Grayden Solman, carried out a series of experiments by using a specially designed computer software. The participants were offered to look for a definite shape among the pile of shapes, and find it as soon as possible. While searching process was on, special device was monitoring the brain activity of the participants, and it became apparent that in 10-20 per cent of situations the participants were simply missing the object they were supposed to find. It seemed like for some certain time, the participants were forgetting about the target. What could cause that?

Chronic LatenessThe scientists tried to figure out what’s going on by using several strategies. They tried to increase the memory load of the participants and started offering them a certain memory work prior to starting the search exercise. However, this did not cause any effect on the search test results. The same happened when the search experiments were interrupted with various factors in order to kill concentration on the participants.

Finally, the specialists used a very interesting analysis: they analyzed mouse movements of the participants during their search exercise, and it turned out that  when the object is found and missed, mouse movements considerably slow down. Therefore, a theory was proposed that the brain part that is dealing with movement, run very fast and visual system can not keep up with its activities. Therefore, if you are commonly looking for something and are short of time, it is recommended to use slower movements in order to give your visual system some time for working properly. This will help you find things faster and avoid chronic lateness. Also, slowed down movements of the mouse suggested that the participants’ brain was actually aware about missing the target, so the brain tries to slow down the movements and make visual system work better.

1 Comment

  1. Comment by Jeff Robinson — February 16, 2012 @ 8:04 pm


    Dictionary definitions of the word “late” are invariably non-judgemental. They say the word means “after the expected or usual time,” or “delayed.” They don’t acknowledge that being late is nearly always a negative thing. It’s negative because it means you’ve missed something, you’ve kept someone waiting, or something didn’t happen when it was supposed to. The most significant characteristic of lateness, however, is that – contrary to what most people think – it’s hard work.

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