Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Doors--an excuse


I think we all forget stuff, some of us just more often than others.  But did you know that going through a doorway can be part of the reason we forget?  How many times do you get up and go in a room for something but forget what you were going to get?  Or with me, I will get up and go to the computer in another room to look up something, only to find when I sit down, I have forgotten what I wanted to read about.

This is an old article, but I find it makes sense.  You will do better to read the article for yourself, but in case you don't have time it is a bout a team of researchers that devised tests.  First it was in a video game they had the player pick up an item to take and place somewhere else.  Once the item was picked up it became invisible.  If they moved it from one place to another in the same room, they remembered what it was better than if they had to go through a virtual door.  It did not matter what size screen they played the game on.

They also experimented with real people, only when they picked the item up, they placed it in a shoebox with a lid to carry to its new location.  The same thing happened...they remembered what the item was much better if they did not have to go through a doorway.

The article goes on a bit more in depth about how the brain works....at least we have a  legitimate excuse for forgetting things part of the time.



7 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating! I must show this to my husband.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Rose! Oh Yes, this is me. I am always forgetting something. And I have done the same thing as you forgetting what I wanted to research on the computer. I might remember a day or so later. The worse thing is putting something down and then forgetting where I put it. I could use some memory exercises. Thanks for sharing the link, enjoy your day!

Small City Scenes said...

I remember reading that article. The doorway is the key. If I go back to where I started I will remember. It's true. Just start at the beginning.
MB

Michelle said...

Thank you for sharing this article! I will be sharing this with others!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

This is interesting! I'm glad to know it's not just me. I often get called away from the computer while I'm reading a blog and then I forget I was online. I always wonder what the bloggers think when they've seen I was on their site for quite some time. Thanks for sharing this info with us!

Chandra Eswaran said...

I love the awning.
It is not just an aesthetic, but also has many other practical uses.
Nice find, Rose!
Have a Beautiful Week!!
Peace :)

Jacquelineand.... said...

As Spock would have said 'Fascinating'. Now I have an excuse, lol.

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