Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Where did you last see it?

Yeah, that's gonna work.

Here's an article with some ideas for finding your lost keys, dog or spouse. I read this article last night, then had a heck of a time finding it this morning.
  1. One of the biggest mistakes people make is becoming panicked or angry, which leads to frantic, unfocused searching, said Michael Solomon, who wrote the book How to Find Lost Objects.
  2. There are no missing objects. Only unsystematic searchers. Look for the item where it’s supposed to be. Sometimes objects undergo “domestic drift” in which they were left wherever they were last used, Mr. Solomon said. “Objects are apt to wander,” Solomon wrote in his book. “I have found, though, that they tend to travel no more than 18 inches from their original location.”
  3. A common trap is forgetting where you have already searched, Corbin A. Cunningham, a Ph.D. student at the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Johns Hopkins University, says. “Go from one room to another, and only move on if you think you have searched everywhere in that room,” he wrote. Once you have thoroughly searched an area and ruled it out, don’t waste time returning to it.
  4. "If you’re looking for your keys, you should focus on the areas with the most clutter because if they were somewhere more obvious, you would have found them by now, researcher Anna Nowakowska says. Our results suggest people probably waste a great deal of time looking in locations that they already know don’t contain the thing they are looking for.”
  5. Irene Kan, a professor of psychology at Villanova University who specializes in memory and cognition, said in an email that the key to finding misplaced items is forming a mental image of what you were doing or feeling when you last saw the missing item. Try to recreate as rich an experience as possible. Think about the location, what you were doing, the time of day, who else was there, your mental state and any other details. Engaging in this process, called context reinstatement, can help you recall details that might otherwise be inaccessible, she said.
I've always enjoyed context reinstatement.

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