Madness from Beyond the Mountains
jetgreguar:

allrightcallmefred:

fredscience:

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.
Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

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 excuse for forgetting shit in the lab that sounds better than “Damn I’m getting old.”

jetgreguar:

allrightcallmefred:

fredscience:

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.

Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

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 excuse for forgetting shit in the lab that sounds better than “Damn I’m getting old.”

No writing is wasted. Did you know that sourdough from San Francisco is leavened partly by a bacteria called lactobacillus sanfrancisensis? It is native to the soil there, and does not do well elsewhere. But any kitchen can become an ecosystem. If you bake a lot, your kitchen will become a happy home to wild yeasts, and all your bread will taste better. Even a failed loaf is not wasted. Likewise, cheese makers wash the dairy floor with whey. Tomato gardeners compost with rotten tomatoes. No writing is wasted: the words you can’t put in your book can wash the floor, live in the soil, lurk around in the air. They will make the next words better.

Erin Bow (via writersrelief)

LOVE. THIS.

(via kyrafic)

Oh yes. …and frankly, everything I see and read and experience goes there too. The writing mind is like a big black hole that burps occasionally. (most inelegant description of my muse EVER).

naamahdarling:

Here is a cat in a hamster ball.

Ah, yes, the embryo orange kitty. Far more interested in catching his tail than anything else!

vthebookworm:

ragglefraggles:

when they say youre too old for disney

The hop, I can’t. I cackled.

While normally cross dressing leaves me utterly cold, the guys as DISNEY PRINCESSES rock. And yeah, the sarcastic look and the hop. AWESOME.

Reblog if you like Metal and Classic Rock.

metallicans:

I’m doing a little survey and it would be quite helpful.

Ding!

Always. 

seananmcguire:

mother-of-beasties:

xtoxictears:

This is one of my favourite pictures of Kagura.:’) She likes to sit like a people and watch the laptop/TV

oh my God that is the cutest snake ever.

BABBY

I help, mummy?

seananmcguire:

mother-of-beasties:

xtoxictears:

This is one of my favourite pictures of Kagura.:’) She likes to sit like a people and watch the laptop/TV

oh my God that is the cutest snake ever.

BABBY

I help, mummy?

r0s3m4ry:

quietlynonlinear:

When The Old Gods Return.

i thought these were real pictures at first

Reblogging to save these images…I love the Brobdinagian scale of them. This is the fear of the Great Old Ones.

Like/reblog this if you think dark skin is just as beautiful as any other color

gimmeallyoresidualz:

I need some faith and confidence regained

More so. I always envied pretty brown skin. Bonus: IT DOESN”T TURN BEET RED the way I do in the sun. 

I want that…kitchen. ;-)

twisteddoodles:

Working in Science

Fuck yeah. I’m a chemist. However, the middle guy on the left is a fan and that’s okay. Scientists get blamed for stuff all too often. The guy on the right is a frustrated researcher and isn’t asking the right questions. (IE WHY doesn’t his experiment work?).

twisteddoodles:

Working in Science

Fuck yeah. I’m a chemist. However, the middle guy on the left is a fan and that’s okay. Scientists get blamed for stuff all too often. The guy on the right is a frustrated researcher and isn’t asking the right questions. (IE WHY doesn’t his experiment work?).