Thursday, January 17, 2013

It's the Door!

Shadows and The door
This came in my email last week and made the facebook rounds, too. 

Now it all makes sense:

Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to forget what that purpose was?

Turns out, doors are to blame for these strange memory lapses.

Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an "event boundary" in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next.

Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale.

It's not aging, it's the darn door!

Whew! Thank goodness for studies

Since I read this, I've been noticing more and more that it must be true.  Even the act of opening a door can trigger this - for instance when I open the pantry door and then stand there for several minutes trying to remember what I was looking for.  It's nice to have something to blame.

Of course, that doesn't help me remember what I walked into this room for...
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