Originally posted by pinehilluk
Thanks for that. I'll have to ask my mate kyngi, my neuroscientist friend, what it is in the brain that causes this to happen. It's the cannot see the wood for the trees scenario.
Brain processes that occur when you hit move: (This is totally conjectural btw!)
Just before you hit move, you've made a decision to stick with one particular move, which means that all of the possibilities have been inhibited (a task performed by the frontal lobes, specifically dorsolateral prefrontal cortex). Since this is the case, the only thing in your mind is the actual move you're going to make. As soon as you press the move button, the need to inhibit competing information goes away, and other possibilities instantly flood back into your mind. In some cases you made the right move, (and there were few competing possibilities in the first place) and so then you would not experience the'oh sh*&!' phenomenon. If you had a lot of competing possibilities (and you were thinking about other stuff as well - which interferes with frontal lobe inhibition processes) you might not be so lucky, and realise that you've just made a screw up... Hope this helps!