What’s actually happening in our brain when we look for something that we’re holding

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I’m 36, and no I don’t have any neurological issues but I just spent about 3 minutes looking for my phone while I was holding it In my left hand the entire time. what happens in the brain that causes us to forget or not remember the simplest things

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Well the brain has kind of 2 ways that it opperates.
First one is interraction with focus, experiencing new things being involved with something, learning something etc.

Second one is kind of semi subconcious- thats almost automatic but you are still aware of most of it happening-
Like tieing your shoelaces,walking, climbing up steps etc.

But a lot of things can become the 2nd way of operating.

So what i think is happening is your brain kind of starts finding your phone in the 2nd way, checking the usual places, here there- and just completing the task automatically.
I would assume your brain shuts off-kind of like where you just stare into the distance and dont think of anything- but it shuts off while you are doing the automatic task.

Not 100% sure but its not a clear cut question.
Here is a video about the 2 ways our brain thinks by veritasum :
https://youtu.be/UBVV8pch1dM

BA in psych with emphasis in cognition.

Very very briefly, the brain systems that make up working memory (the things being held in consciousness as relevant to right now, and which are very distinct from medium- or long-term storage) are not the same systems that run sensorimotor functions.

When you forget you’re holding something, the sensorimotor cortex is still executing the last order it received (“Hold this,” without any information about the thing it’s holding, just that it needs to hold it) and then the working memory (which involves several different brain areas) proceeds to get distracted or full and drop the fact that it asked the sensorimotor cortex to hold onto something.

Which is to say that the part of the brain responsible for holding things isn’t told what it’s holding or why, while the executive functions then proceed to forget they told the hold-things part to hold the thing.

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I’m 36, and no I don’t have any neurological issues but I just spent about 3 minutes looking for my phone while I was holding it In my left hand the entire time. what happens in the brain that causes us to forget or not remember the simplest things

In: 6

Well the brain has kind of 2 ways that it opperates.
First one is interraction with focus, experiencing new things being involved with something, learning something etc.

Second one is kind of semi subconcious- thats almost automatic but you are still aware of most of it happening-
Like tieing your shoelaces,walking, climbing up steps etc.

But a lot of things can become the 2nd way of operating.

So what i think is happening is your brain kind of starts finding your phone in the 2nd way, checking the usual places, here there- and just completing the task automatically.
I would assume your brain shuts off-kind of like where you just stare into the distance and dont think of anything- but it shuts off while you are doing the automatic task.

Not 100% sure but its not a clear cut question.
Here is a video about the 2 ways our brain thinks by veritasum :
https://youtu.be/UBVV8pch1dM

BA in psych with emphasis in cognition.

Very very briefly, the brain systems that make up working memory (the things being held in consciousness as relevant to right now, and which are very distinct from medium- or long-term storage) are not the same systems that run sensorimotor functions.

When you forget you’re holding something, the sensorimotor cortex is still executing the last order it received (“Hold this,” without any information about the thing it’s holding, just that it needs to hold it) and then the working memory (which involves several different brain areas) proceeds to get distracted or full and drop the fact that it asked the sensorimotor cortex to hold onto something.

Which is to say that the part of the brain responsible for holding things isn’t told what it’s holding or why, while the executive functions then proceed to forget they told the hold-things part to hold the thing.