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Why Do People Often Forget Something As Soon As They Walk Out The Door? Experts Have The Answer

Date December 20, 2018 11:09

Do you know the feeling when you are in your room but then you decide to go to the kitchen to get snacks or something, but the moment you enter the room you suddenly cannot for the life of you remember what you wanted? You're standing there all awkward and then you return to your room to try to recall what it was that you needed in the first place.

You don't need to run to the drug store or make an appointment with a doctor – it happens to everyone! It's a curious memory phenomenon called the "doorway effect."

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Three American scientists carried out an experiment in which the participants were made to go through "virtual" doors in a "virtual" house and do a couple of tasks for memorizing. As a result, they discovered that having gone through the doorways, people often forgot what they saw.

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In the second experiment, people had to walk around a real house from one room to another and the oblivion effect was the same. The scientists came to the conclusion that a doorway may serve as a serious informational episode for our memory and makes remembering the initial goal complicated.

Why Do People Often Forget Something As Soon As They Walk Out The Door? Experts Have The Answer

If you encountered many distractions on your way to the fridge such as looking in the mirror, petting your cat, looking at what the noise was coming from outside, or went through as many as 3 doorways, there's a great chance that you will have erased the information about your initial objective.

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This effect concerns not only doorways, but other things as well. For instance, during a conversation, you have something to add but as you have manners of a lady (or gent), you don't interrupt your interlocutor, only to completely forget what you wanted to say as your brain marked this information as irrelevant and erased it from your operational memory.

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Now that you know the information about the doorways, you don't have to be afraid of your little "amnesia" when you're leaving home or having a chat with friends. There's also no need in running through the doorways with your eyes closed, just try to be more focused on the final objective and you won't ever feel awkward or frustrated again in such situations.

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The material in this article is for informational purposes only and does not replace the advice of a certified specialist.