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Why You Can't Remember What You Went Into the Kitchen For
I know some people who walk through a doorway only to completely forget what they were doing and blame it on old age or being tired or sheer airheadedness. Turns out -- thanks, science! -- there is an actual explanation for this phenomenon. According to University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky, passing through doorways makes our brains hit reset.
As Radvansky told The University of Notre Dame School of Arts and Letters news blog, “Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away...Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.” Read the whole article for descriptions of the experiments that led to this analysis. Aren't brains interesting? I wonder if this is why sometimes, when blocked at work, taking a walk even just to the other room can help rev your brain again. But also, I'm just relieved to discover that I'm not completely losing my mind. At least, not because of this.
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