Try this one little trick to help you find something you’ve lost

I’ve seen a fair bit of debate over the last few years about whether or not baby brain actually exists.

And this is one occasion where I really don’t care what the research and evidence says, I’m convinced that it DOES exist!  I don’t know if it’s down to hormones, or changes in brain chemistry or if it’s just down to chronic lack of sleep, but I know that my mental faculties aren’t quite what they used to be!

And baby brain mixed with living with small children who like to move things and hide them in random places sometimes results in things disappearing.  Like the house keys when you need to head out on the school run – fun!

So any little tricks that can help me find lost items more quickly are good to know, and this trick in particular is useful and interesting:

Try this to help find something you've lost

Say the name of the missing item out loud.

It’s that simple.

As you’re looking around the house for your keys, say the word “keys” out loud as you search and you’ll find them more quickly than if you kept quiet!

A study carried out at the University of Wisconsin involved asking people to find 20 coloured drawings that were mixed in with 240 other drawings. Some of the participants were asked to keep quiet while they looked, and the others were asked to read the name of the thing they were looking for (the target) before they started looking.

The researchers found that “speaking the name of the target immediately prior to the search made the search significantly faster and more accurate.”

In other words, saying the name of the thing you’re looking for out loud really does help you to find it more quickly.

Another study, published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, produced the same results. The researchers suggest that talking can change the way our brains process information, effectively letting us concentrate better and that saying an object’s name out loud can improve our ability to “attend simultaneously to multiple regions of space containing the named objects and even make an otherwise invisible object visible”.

Pretty impressive!

Also, wandering round the house saying “keys” may well just prompt your 2 year old to tell you which shoe they put them in when they were playing with them earlier, so it’s got to be worth a try, even if you do sound a bit bonkers in the process!

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14 Comments

  1. 02/04/2017 / 9:31 am

    Oh my gosh, I didn’t know this but sounds perfect if it actually works! I quite often do actually misplace my keys. I’d probably feel a bit nutty walking around saying “keys keys keys” or “purse purse purse” but hey, if it helps find the item, why not?! #TwinklyTuesday
    Oh and, baby brain categorically DOES exist. Uggh.

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:50 pm

      It really does exist doesn’t it! And try talking to yourself, it helps in all kinds of situations, haha! x

  2. 02/04/2017 / 11:24 am

    Yep it most definitely does exist! Great tip! #twinklytuesday

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:51 pm

      Good to hear I’m not alone in my insistence that it exists! x

  3. 02/04/2017 / 5:44 pm

    LOL! Love this! I walk around saying the thing I’m looking for, but had no idea that there was science behind it.

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:51 pm

      It’s nice to know there’s a method to our madness isn’t it! x

  4. 02/04/2017 / 8:34 pm

    I am so going to remember this (if I keep saying it out loud) I’m always loosing things and it gets me mad. I do think baby brain exists, that sleep deprivation has to effect you in some way. Thanks for linking up to #sharethejoy

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:52 pm

      I agree, the sleep deprivation has to be a big factor in reduced brain power! x

  5. 02/05/2017 / 9:06 am

    So all those years I’ve been wandering around saying things like “here keys-y, keys-y, keys-y” (in the tone of voice when trying to find a lost kitten or child during a game of hide and seek) really have helped?! I love it! #sharethejoy

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:53 pm

      Yes, it’s really helped! And I love that you call for things like you would a kitten, that’s what I do too at times! x

  6. 02/05/2017 / 10:35 pm

    Worth a try. We used to pray to St Anthony back in the day.

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:53 pm

      A lot of people will agree that that works too! x

  7. 02/06/2017 / 11:02 pm

    And saying “honey, where did I leave my…? also works wonders. Saying a short but fervent prayer to St. Anthony is supposed to work too. Boy, that guy must have a lot to do in this house.

    • 02/04/2018 / 3:54 pm

      Haha, I bet St Anthony is fed up of being asked for help all the time! x

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