Monday, November 21, 2011

New Study Says Doors Affect Memory

Posted By on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 at 3:15 PM

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Ever wonder why Jim Morrison was so spacey? A new study says it may have been his band's choice of moniker as much as it was his taste for wine.

A new study from Notre Dame researcher Gabriel Radvansky that was published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology claims that passing through doors affects memory.

From a Notre Dame news release:

“Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an ‘event boundary’ in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away,” Radvansky explains.

“Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.”

The study consisted of three experiments that tested the ability to perform memorized tasks when crossing a room or passing through a doorway, both requiring equal travel distance.

Read more about the study here.

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