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Memories: in one doorway, out the next

Why did you forget what you were just doing?

Why did you forget what you were just doing?


Have you ever walked into a room and realized you don't remember what you're doing there? The findings of a new study suggest that you can blame it on the doorway, msnbc.com reported.

"When you go from room to room, your brain identifies each room as a new event and sets a new memory trace to capture the new event," said lead researcher Gabriel Radvansky, Ph.D., a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame.

Like a chapter marker, doorways end old episodes and begin new ones. This makes it difficult to retrieve older memories because they've already been filed away.


过门即忘 真有其事?




(China.org.cn February 1, 2012)

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