November 26, 2011 11:35
Sometimes, you come into the room to do something, and you can not remember what it wanted to do. Through doorways can cause memory loss, according to new research in the United States.
"Passing through the door works as a" boundary of events "in the mind, which separates from each other in the memory of the episodes," — says study co-author Gabriel Radwanska in a press release.
In three experiments, the students spent a memory test when moving in the same room and move to another room.
In the first experiment to move virtual objects. Students choose an object on a table in the room and replaced it with another object lying on a table in another room. Then they did the same thing, but in the same room.
The results showed that participants generally when you move to another room to memorize things worse.
The second experiment was in a real environment. The students had to select objects on the table and put them in boxes. Then they moved the same distance, or in the same room or in another room. The results indicate that the memory has deteriorated again after passing through the door.
The third experiment was to determine whether the effect on the memory impairment pass through doors or changes in the environment. Studies have shown that the environment can also affect memory.
The students had to cross several doorways and back into the same room where they started. The results of this experiment also pointed to poor memory, which suggests that the transition through doorways can have a physical impact on the way information is stored in memory.
In their paper, the researchers concluded that "the boundary events" occurring after passing through the door, can initiate a psychic change that may affect storage of information on previous events.
"Thus, it is clear that the amount of information that remains in the memory, may depend on the structure of the environment" — the researchers wrote.
The research results were published in the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.