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Doorway to...um....I Forgot!

I just received some great news! It’s even better then two bags of chips coming out of the vending machine at once! This is even better than an instant bump up to the front of a Black Friday line at Best Buy! 
 
A study suggests that simply passing through a doorway can cause you to forget why you came into a room. 
 
Absolutely amazing!
 
University of Notre Dame Psychology professor Gabriel Radvansky says, “The doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ which impairs the ability to remember thoughts or decisions made in different rooms.”
 
The study included three experiments in which college students performed memory tasks while crossing a room and after passing through a doorway. The participants were more likely to experience forgetfulness after passing through a doorway compared to moving the same distance across a room.
 
First of all, I wish this had been discovered when I was a kid.  I could have had more bonding with the family dog.   If you ever owned a dog, you’ve seen it have that “why the hell did I just walk into this room” look on its face. 
 
Secondly, I’m thinking this may be why our leaders in Washington are so messed up. Think of all the doorways they have to walk through in Congress. We should corral them all into one big room for the duration of their terms.
 
I’m hoping there will be another study soon proving that there are others out there who look for their cell phones while they’re talking on them! 
 



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