1. 17:17 17th Aug 2014

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    Reblogged from emileesaurus

    ok but I was expecting this to be another FMA thing and now I feel like my wires are crossed

    ok but I was expecting this to be another FMA thing and now I feel like my wires are crossed

     
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    thanks plurk, that’s real helpful of you

    thanks plurk, that’s real helpful of you

     
  3. tickatocka:

    a kitten trying super hard to fight a ceramic cat statue

     
  4. 20:07 25th Jul 2014

    Notes: 1

    sometimes I think plurk goes down just to remind us all of how dependent we are on plurk

     
  5. 18:16 21st Jul 2014

    Notes: 45365

    Reblogged from roachpatrol

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    roachpatrol:

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 EXPLANATION

trufax, this effect is actually strong enough that you’ll see it even when experimental participants are just presented with an image of a door between test phases.

    roachpatrol:

    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 EXPLANATION

    trufax, this effect is actually strong enough that you’ll see it even when experimental participants are just presented with an image of a door between test phases.

     
  6. 10:09 16th Jul 2014

    Notes: 4

    Reblogged from inklesspen

    inklesspen:

    Okay so HOLY SHIT I have been WASTING MY LIFE. For twenty-seven years I’ve been uselessly bumbling to and fro, fro and to, merely FILLING IN TIME until I ate a pork bun.

    This article assumes you haven’t eaten a pork bun yet – that you are as I once was, indeed as I was this very morning, unaware of what pork buns were like – so if you HAVE eaten a pork bun, you can stop reading. Go eat a pork bun. Live your life.

    Let me tell you about pork buns.

    This is for blame-my-muses and anyone else who appreciates a good pork bun.

    … I am deeply mystified at the kind of life a person must have lead such that balled-up white bread is the closest comparison they can think to make for a pork bun

     
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    dtysen:

At some point in his magnificent, all-encompassing career, Leonardo Da Vinci drew a whole page of cats.

    dtysen:

    At some point in his magnificent, all-encompassing career, Leonardo Da Vinci drew a whole page of cats.

    (Source: dtysen-etc)

     
  8. 18:02 8th Jul 2014

    Notes: 5065

    Reblogged from yolktuba

    Tags: milgram studycogsci hat

    What researchers discovered was surprising: Those who are described as ‘agreeable, conscientious personalities’ are more likely to follow orders and deliver electric shocks that they believe can harm innocent people, while ‘more contrarian, less agreeable personalities’ are more likely to refuse to hurt others.

    The study also found that people holding left-wing political views were less willing to hurt others. One particular group held steady and refused destructive orders: ‘women who had previously participated in rebellious political activism such as strikes or occupying a factory.’

    — 

    Psychologists Have Uncovered a Troubling Feature of People Who Seem Nice All the Time - Mic

    u dont fucken say

    (via 3liza)

    haha hoho I am not surprised in the least that people who prioritise niceness are more likely to be morally bankrupt

    (via alexdallymacfarlane)

    … ok, except moral bankruptcy is the exact opposite of what these studies are looking at. Stanley Milgram conducted the original Milgram study in the 60s in response to the trials of Nazi war criminals, to test the validity of the defence of “just following orders” for the atrocities committed in the holocaust. What he found is that authority and compliance are a very strong force indeed—originally, he and his colleagues expected that some small but significant percentage of subjects to fully comply. Instead, under the direction of a Harvard scientist in a white coat, more than half of the subjects of the original study went all the way up to the “lethal” shock level, even though most of them verbally protested while they did it.

    IMO, the really surprising part of this study isn’t that “nice” people are more compliant—that’s fairly intuitive, although it’s always good to have lab results to back up intuition. Rather… it’s long been known that people can protect or “inoculate” themselves against influence from dissenting opinions through repeated limited exposure. What this study shows is that not only can you inoculate yourself against specific opinions, but also against the influence of authority itself. And that is pretty fucking significant.

     
  9. 18:32 6th Jul 2014

    Notes: 5915

    Reblogged from dduane

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    i-bang-bosendorfers:

into battle

man, with all the sailor moon posts going around lately I thought at first this was about sailor moon somehow and now i’m imagining Mamoru serenading his enemies into submission with a bassoon

    i-bang-bosendorfers:

    into battle

    man, with all the sailor moon posts going around lately I thought at first this was about sailor moon somehow and now i’m imagining Mamoru serenading his enemies into submission with a bassoon

    (Source: marchingartsphotos)

     
  10. 19:12 5th Jul 2014

    Notes: 43497

    Reblogged from roachpatrol

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    roachpatrol:

miktheflier:

We did it guys. Homestuck is so weird, even 4chan doesn’t know how to weird out Homestucks.

his eyes started bleeding and then his nose and ears started bleeding, in addition to his toothless bleeding mouth, then he died in front of his friends and a clown stole his corpse to dismember and play with. 
then we wrote porn about it. 

homestuck fandom is basically tumblr’s /d/, there’s nothing so disturbing or upsetting that someone around here won’t be able to make it erotic one way or other

    roachpatrol:

    miktheflier:

    We did it guys. Homestuck is so weird, even 4chan doesn’t know how to weird out Homestucks.

    his eyes started bleeding and then his nose and ears started bleeding, in addition to his toothless bleeding mouth, then he died in front of his friends and a clown stole his corpse to dismember and play with. 

    then we wrote porn about it. 

    homestuck fandom is basically tumblr’s /d/, there’s nothing so disturbing or upsetting that someone around here won’t be able to make it erotic one way or other

    (Source: chucklingchemist)