5 things that cause a "brain glitch"

5 things that cause a "brain glitch", because if, for example, for no reason, without prior preparation, we ask our brain to reflect on the topic of four-dimensional hypercubes, quantum mechanics or infinite aggregate, it will rebel. And he will be right. However, as far as the perception of more or less mundane objects from everyday life is concerned, our gray matter usually copes with it. With a few glaring exceptions.

In this article, you will find five common, everyday things that, oddly enough, cause us "brain glitches":


Have you ever happened to enter a room with a specific purpose (take something, for example), and then completely forget why you came? It turns out that the reason for these strange memory lapses lies ... in the doorway.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame (near Chicago, USA; approx. Mixstuff.ru) found that when passing through a doorway in consciousness, a mechanism is triggered, conventionally called an "event boundary", which separates one set of thoughts and memories from another, just like episodes in the movies.

Your brain automatically "archives" the thoughts that possessed you in the previous room and clears the space for new ones. Event Boundaries usually help organize our thoughts and memories as we constantly move and switch to new tasks.

But when we try to remember why we came ... what we were going to do ... or find ... difficulties can arise.

Sound signals

What annoys you more: the alarm ringing, the beep of the car stuck in traffic, or a reminder of your mobile phone that it is running out of charge? None of these sounds caress our ears. These sound signals have become a kind of soundtrack of the modern world, but each of them continues to annoy us - because it causes a small "brain glitch".

Evolution has not accustomed us to this kind of sound signals, so we try to understand them. Natural sounds are created by the transfer of energy, often from the impact of one object against another, as in drumming. In this case, the energy is transferred to the drum and then gradually dissipates, and the sound gradually fades away.

Our system of perception of information uses the fading of sound to understand what is happening - what sounds and why. And modern sound signals are like a car that was traveling at 60 miles per hour and, instead of slowly slowing down, suddenly hit a wall. The sound does not change, does not subside, and our brain cannot understand what it is and where it came from.


The story is similar with photographs. Like a grandmother who learned to use the Internet, but was not used to it, we constantly take pictures, but subconsciously our brain is still unable to separate them from the objects or people imprinted on them.

For example: Studies have shown that if a person is asked to throw darts at a photo with an image in which he has nothing to do, his accuracy will be much lower than if he is given a photo of Hitler or his personal worst enemy for the same purpose.

In another experiment, it was found that if a person is asked to cut into small pieces photographs associated with childhood memories, he may experience increased sweating.

Since we don't have a million years of practice behind us, our brains are still unable to distinguish between appearance and reality.


It happens to you: do you feel that the phone vibrates, take it out, and stare in bewilderment at the lifeless screen? If, like most people, you experience these “phantom vibrations” from time to time, it’s because your brain is drawing the wrong conclusions as it tries to streamline the chaos of your life.

The poor brain is constantly bombarded with all sorts of information. He has to filter out useless noise and isolate important signals. In prehistoric times, our ancestors constantly mistook twisted branches for snakes.

Today, the brain misinterprets everything, from the rustle of clothes to the murmur in the stomach, and rushes to tell us that they are calling us or sent SMS.

Likewise, the illusion of a vibrating phone happens.


Have you noticed that sometimes in the movies it seems as if the wheels of a car rotate in the opposite direction? This is because cameras capture still images at a certain frequency, and the brain fills in the gaps between images, creating the illusion of continuous movement between similar frames. If the wheel makes most of the rotation between one frame and another, then the most obvious direction for the brain to move is the opposite, since this direction suggests the smallest difference between frames.

However, the effect of wheels rotating in the opposite direction can also occur in real life. The main theory explaining this phenomenon is as follows: the brain perceives movement in much the same way as a camera - in the form of sequential static images.

That is, our brain shoots its own "movie" about the outside world, but the frames in this "movie" are not always replaced fast enough to see that the wheels are turning in the right direction.