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Saturday, December 03, 2011

Walking through doorways causes forgetting

"Now, why did I come in here?" is a question we've all asked ourselves after walking through a doorway into another room. Turns out it was actually the doorway that caused us to forget:
New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

"Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an 'event boundary' in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away," Radvansky explains.

"Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized."

The study was published recently in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
Read more here, and be glad you aren't going senile.

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