Notes

Interesting and/or cool stuff I've come across from art, design, technology, photography, movies I've watched and liked and, occasionally, my thoughts.

The Doorway Effect

A new study sheds some more light on the doorway effect, that pesky phenomenon of walking from one room to another and completely forgetting why you came here in the first place. It seems our brains ability to compartmentalize comes with a minor downside:

The researchers suggest that it's not so much the doorways that cause a memory wipe, as moving from one location to a significantly different one – it's the abrupt change of scene that primes our minds to receive something new.

from Science Alert

Aloneliness

No, that's not a typo. Aloneliness, unsurprisingly to me at least, is a thing — it's the negative emotions that come from not spending enough time alone.

As social beings, people depend on having other people around them to interact and connect with to avoid becoming lonely, another, much researched psychological phenomenon.

But some people, more than others, need regular spans of solitude to feel mentally balanced and re-energized, to avoid stress and, eventually, depression.

From the Psychology Today article:

The researchers recommended deliberately planning or scheduling time alone in order to avoid what they call a "negative degenerative cycle." They explained that when your need for solitude gets continually thwarted by the stress of competing demands on your time (or space), the result is an increase in feelings of aloneliness, which then increases stress and life dissatisfaction. This negative cycle can exacerbate internalizing symptoms (e.g. depression).

Know, that it's perfectly okay to want to be by yourself from time to time.
(via BoingBoing)

Your app makes me fat.

Great article by Kathy Sierra on how limited our cognitive resources are:

Spend hours at work on a tricky design problem? You’re more likely to stop at Burger King on the drive home. Hold back from saying what you really think during one of those long-ass, painful meetings? You’ll struggle with the code you write later that day. Since both willpower/self-control and cognitive tasks drain the same tank, deplete it over here, pay the price over there. One pool. One pool of scarce, precious, easily-depleted resources. If you spend the day exercising self-control (angry customers, clueless co-workers), by the time you get home your cog resource tank is flashing E.

Impostor Syndrome

Have you ever had the feeling that you didn’t really know  what you were doing, and it was just a matter of time before someone realized it and exposed you as a fraud? Turns out  it’s not just psychological, there’s also biology behind this nasty feeling that you’re a fraud about to be exposed, explains Olivia Fox Cabane.