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.
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
I knew this and this is why my mom and I have called doorways “lobotomy arches” for years
I love having an explanation for Doorway Effect, but sometimes I really want to re-engineer my brain, because it makes me feel as stupid as all get out.
i’m thankful my childhood was filled with imagination and bruises from playing outside, instead of apps and how many damn likes you get on a picture
i’m going to be the most put together girlfriend ever i’m going to talk to my boy like don’t forget to pick up milk did you take your vitamins we have a stretching class at five have you killed king duncan yet
you poor little thing you
Halfway through watching psycho pass for the 4th time it occurred to me out of the blue that Akane is 20 years old
Tsunemori Akane is 20 she faced all of that at 20 she has zero real life experience and she gets dropped into this nightmare of guns that blow people up and horrifying murder and tragic people who never got a chance because they deviate from the statistical neurological norm and theN SHE FINDS OUT THE WHOLE COUNTRY IS RUN BY THE DISEMBODIED BRAINS OF 200+ SOCIOPATHS AND SHE KEEPS GOING SOMEHOW AND HALF HER TEAM IS DEAD, DISAPPEARED, OR TRAUMATIZED
AND SHE KEEPS GOING ANYWAY TSUNEMORI AKANE IS SO FUCKING BRAVE
Thor making a series of vines where he hands the other Avengers mjolnir casually like ‘hold this’ when they’re not paying attention and obviously they fall over and it’s hilarious
and he tries to do it to Steve and he’s like ‘hold this, Steve’ and without looking up from his paper Steve’s like ‘sure’ and takes it off if him, he just calmly holds it and continues to read
The rest of the vine is just Thor’s stunned and impressed expression
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naruto doodles with palette challenge palettes
always my favorite picture of dave