Event Boundaries: Why We Forget

I read an interesting blurb in the Sunday Oct 14th edition of the St Paul Pioneer Press on “event boundaries.”  If you have ever had the experience of going on a mission to another part of your house only to have forgotten why you went there, your memory lapse was most likely triggered by walking through the doorway of the new room.  It turns out our minds pack up and store our thoughts when leaving one room or entering another.  This is called an “event boundary.”  Evidently the solution to this forgetfulness is simple enough – write yourself a note first, or simply repeat your mission to yourself silently or out loud when crossing a new threshold.  Of course your relatives who already think you are crazy will have even more anecdotal evidence to share at the next family get-together, but at least you won’t have to go back to where you began to recover your memory of why you left there in the first place.

There is a quick read on Time and a longer article on the Nation institute of Health website, if you are interested in learning more.


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I am a cybersecurity and IT instructor, cybersecurity analyst, pen-tester, trainer, and speaker. I am an owner of the WyzCo Group Inc. In addition to consulting on security products and services, I also conduct security audits, compliance audits, vulnerability assessments and penetration tests. I also teach Cybersecurity Awareness Training classes. I work as an information technology and cybersecurity instructor for several training and certification organizations. I have worked in corporate, military, government, and workforce development training environments I am a frequent speaker at professional conferences such as the Minnesota Bloggers Conference, Secure360 Security Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, the (ISC)2 World Congress 2016, and the ISSA International Conference 2017, and many local community organizations, including Chambers of Commerce, SCORE, and several school districts. I have been blogging on cybersecurity since 2006 at http://wyzguyscybersecurity.com

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