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The Daily Decision-25-Zeigarnik effect

The Daily Decision-25-Zeigarnik effect

Hello Hello This is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, with The Daily Decision

because you want to make better decisions.

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Hello Hello This is Dr. Z, Zachary Brooks, with The Daily Decision

because you want to make better decisions.

 

Today is the TWENTY-FIFTH episode of The Daily Decision

You’re at work and everything goes well.

You’re at work and everything that could go wrong does go wrong.

Which of these scenarios do you remember?

The scenario in which nothing goes to plan.

Why?

Bluma Wulfovna Zeigarnik in the 1920s, after whom the effect is named, noticed that waiters were able to keep track of complex orders until the check was paid for. In times of mini-crisis, we are ready to remember all the details and when the crisis has passed, we quickly forget the details.

In other words, interruption during an event helps memory?

Why? During task interruption we are more likely to focus and the focus on task helps lock in memory, at least in the short-term.

The next time you’re interrupted while trying to finish something, don’t despair. You’re likely to remember the interruption.

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As always, Happy Deciding.


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