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Forgetting Why You Came into a Room

Walking through doors causes your brain to reset

Have you ever walked into a room for something, only to forget exactly what that was? You’re not alone—it happens to everyone and psychologists call it the “doorway effect”. Human memories are episodic, as opposed to linear, which means they’re broken into separate “episodes”. Walking through a doorway creates a new episode and it becomes difficult to remember the previous one. In a way, walking through a doorway resets the brain.

The experiments

In a series of famous experiments at the University of Notre Dame, researchers tested the doorway effect using virtual rooms. (more…)

August 4, 2020 at 7:30 am 2 comments


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