Scientists have illustrated that even though you’ve had a lapse in memory, your brain never forgot what you should have done/be doing.
Memory largely works by association. For example, when you try to remember where you left your wallet or the remote, you might recall you last had them in the living room –> which triggers something you’ve last seen on TV –> which reminds you that you need whatever item you saw in that Carl’s Jr. commercial –> and so on … As you’re heading out the door in search of that cheeseburger, you remember that your keys are on the kitchen counter, and your wallet is in the car. That’s how it works.
So if association helps you recall misplaced items and past events — how is that your brain can recall the future?!
According to The New Scientist, when you’re placed in familiar surroundings or predictable settings, less brain activity ensues. It’s triggered by unfamiliar stimulants and situations. This favors the view that our brains aren’t just reactive. They can base predictions/future events on the past, “The brain expects to see things and really just wants to confirm it now and again,” says Lars Muckli (one of the scientists who conducted the study) at the University of Glasgow, UK.
Apparently the brain saves energy by portending what it’s most likely to see. Circumstances / future events / unpredictable surroundings increased brain activity in certain areas which are the seat of control in the early phases of processing visual information. Cool, huh?