Doorway to Blame for Room Amnesia

Scientific American:

You walk into the kitchen to grab a—wait, why did you come in here again?

A new study suggests that your brain is not to blame for your confusion about what you’re doing in a new room—the doorway is. The work is in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. [Gabriel A. Radvansky, Sabine A. Krawietz, and Andrea K. Tamplin, “Walking through doorways causes forgetting: Further explorations”]

University of Notre Dame researchers had subjects perform memory tasks, such as remembering the colors of blocks in different boxes. The volunteers had to do the task after walking across a room, or after walking the same distance through a doorway into a second room. And they did much worse after going through the doorway.

Read the whole story: Scientific American

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