Is there a term, or even better, a concept w/in the neurobiological or psychological world for those behavioral events that I tried to encapsulate in the tag line but can be better described anecdotaly as in:
- I’m driving down the Interstate and notice a Trooper in the mirror and immediately think “How fast am I going?” and cop a quick look at…my watch!
- Bustling around in the morning I pop a new filter in the coffee maker, take the coffee out of the cupboard and fill the filter, grab the kettle off the stove and fill it w/water, put the kettle back in the cupboard, …wait a minute!
Now I realize if I just left this post as is it would just be an opening for a lot of wisecracks, but I talk to lots of people in the course of my life and I realize this is a common phenomenon. I remember from some psychology course the concept of the “Fixed Action Pattern” wherein a sea otter(?) will dive to the bottom and grab up a crusted morsel as well as a handy rock and surface and roll over to float on his back and place the yummy on his chest w/one appendage and swing the other around w/the rock to crack it open - if by chance he drops the morsel on the swim up, supposedly he still rolls over on his back and slams himself in the chest w/the rock (Another dry hole!).