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.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.
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.”
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