Why you are constantly searching for your keys

Anna Maria Nowakowska, Alasdair D.F. Clarke, Amelia Hunt

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Imagine that you are searching for your house keys, and you know they could be on either of two desks. The top of one desk is clean, while the other desk is cluttered with papers, stationary, books and coffee cups. What is the fastest way to find your keys?
Original languageEnglish
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation UK
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

Anna Maria Nowakowska receives funding from Economic and Social Research Council.

Amelia Hunt receives funding from the James S McDonnell Foundation.

Alasdair Clarke does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.


  • Brain
  • Human behaviour

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