Doorway Not Dimentia
Whew,,,for a minute there I thought I was losing my mind…turns out I was just moving room to room! A fascinating news study out of Notre Dame reveals that passing through doorways can actually cause you to forget things and I don’t just mean the doorway of the neighborhood tavern.
You know the feeling….the frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find. Now it seems we may know why…read on if you can remember to do so!“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.
Radvansky found that the subjects forgot more after walking through a doorway compared to moving the same distance across a room, suggesting that the doorway or “event boundary” impedes one’s ability to retrieve thoughts or decisions made in a different room.”