You know when you walk into a room to do something and suddenly forget why you’re there? It’s not just you, recent research says the physical act of going through that doorway could be linked to forgetting things.
“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” study researcher Gabriel Radvansky, a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame, said in a statement, via the Huffington Post. “Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”
During the study, researchers used three experiments, including one that tested out students’ recall when moving between tables in the same room. They found that less was forgotten between tables than when the students went from room to room. Results were published in The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.
So, if you never want to forget anything, just don’t leave the room you’re in right now, and you will be just fine.
Walking Through Doorways Linked With Forgetting, Study Shows [Huffington Post]