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The Doorway Effect: Why your brain won’t let you remember what you were doing before you came in here

I work in a lab, and the way our lab is set up, there are two adjacent rooms, connected by both an outer hallway and an inner doorway. I do most of my work on one side, but every time I walk over to the other side to grab a reagent or a box of tips, I completely forget what I was after. This leads to a lot of me standing with one hand on the freezer door and grumbling, “What the hell was I doing?” It got to where all I had to say was “Every damn time” and my labmate would laugh. Finally, when I explained to our new labmate why I was standing next to his bench with a glazed look in my eyes, he was able to shed some light. “Oh, yeah, that’s a well-documented phenomenon,” he said. “Doorways wipe your memory.”

Being the gung-ho new science blogger that I am, I decided to investigate. And it’s true! Well, doorways don’t literally wipe your memory. But they do encourage your brain to dump whatever it was working on before and get ready to do something new. In one study, participants played a video game in which they had to carry an object either across a room or into a new room. Then they were given a quiz. Participants who passed through a doorway had more trouble remembering what they were doing. It didn’t matter if the video game display was made smaller and less immersive, or if the participants performed the same task in an actual room—the results were similar. Returning to the room where they had begun the task didn’t help: even context didn’t serve to jog folks’ memories.

The researchers wrote that their results are consistent with what they call an “event model” of memory. They say the brain keeps some information ready to go at all times, but it can’t hold on to everything. So it takes advantage of what the researchers called an “event boundary,” like a doorway into a new room, to dump the old info and start over. Apparently my brain doesn’t care that my timer has seconds to go—if I have to go into the other room, I’m doing something new, and can’t remember that my previous task was antibody, idiot, you needed antibody.

Read more at Scientific American, or the original study.

I finally learned why I completely space when I cross to the other side of the lab, and that I’m apparently not alone.

this is actually kind of great and it’s nice to know there’s something behind that constant spacing out whenever i enter a different place

FINALLY AN EXPLANATION

This is why after a class or meeting is finished (if you have the time) you should review your notes and fill in any gaps you find or questions you have before you leave the room.

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Parenting, you’re doing it right. 

I can only hope to be this type of parent.

These parents make my heart melt

That last one really got me. That’s such a good idea, and bless his dad for wanting his son to not feel left out. All his friends were probably like “Look at all my candy” and Fletcher was like “LOOK AT ALL MY TOYS HAHA I GOT TOYS”

Yep and two weeks later they’ll be sad cause their candy a gone and fletched just gonna be like I got toys bitches!

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Fuck you for being smart

this is actually better than the spoon thing cause you dont have to hold it in place.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND CALL ME SALLY. 

I may actually not suck at makeup now

Mesmerized.

Just make sure to de-stick the tape on your hand or something, you don’t want to rip your eyelid off

I bolded that because it is SUPER important. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT PUT THE TAPE DIRECTLY TO YOUR EYE PUT IT ON YOUR HAND FIRST PLEASE! 

sounds like somebody ripped their eyelid off

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mynameisbruni:

jenhominid:

hexgoddess:

sistahmamaqueen:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

doctorwhothefuckisthis:

Fuck you for being smart

this is actually better than the spoon thing cause you dont have to hold it in place.

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR AND CALL ME SALLY. 

I may actually not suck at makeup now

Mesmerized.

Just make sure to de-stick the tape on your hand or something, you don’t want to rip your eyelid off

I bolded that because it is SUPER important. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT PUT THE TAPE DIRECTLY TO YOUR EYE PUT IT ON YOUR HAND FIRST PLEASE! 

sounds like somebody ripped their eyelid off

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