Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Walking Through Doors Causes Forgetfulness

Flash mob shoplifting is somewhat popular in many cities across the US. Last Saturday night, a 7-Eleven in Silver Spring, MD was hit by at least 70 people, mostly teenagers, who apparently had attended a nearby birthday party and stopped into the 7-Eleven for snacks and drinks. Police said not all of the teens stole goods, but have identified about 20 kids. Another flash mob in August, hit a 7-Eleven in Germantown taking items without paying.

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Some plead poverty, others say they did it for the thrill, others claim the shop owner was mean and had it coming. Now they have a new scientific excuse - walking through doors can cause people to forget.

We’ve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor
Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

“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.”
Don't think only criminals catch all the breaks. Just today, I bought a 16-20 pound Thanksgiving turkey valued at $22.23 and the computer charged the special price of only $5.99 even though my total purchase did not meet the required break point of $25. Not as good a deal as shoplifting, but it was good enough for me. I guess the Safeway computer had walked through a door recently.

The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.


Always On Watch said...

I walk through doors all the time at work. Nobody has mentioned that I suffer from forgetfulness.

I do have to wonder if the world is turning into one gigantic population of hypochondriacs. Everything causes everything -- or something.

Mike's America said...

How long will it be before Obama proposes a solution to this problem: a new government agency taked with developing regulations for all doors and the posting of signs reminding people to remember what they are walking in the next room to get?

Happy Thanksgiving!

dcat said...

Damn! They beat me here!!!


Happy Thanksgiving Indigo! :+:

I beat Don YAY!!!

bernie said...

I was going to leave a post last month but I forgot why when I got here.

Too late for Happy Thanksgiving, So Merry Christmas.