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Brain Drain

August 15, 2012 - Theresa Proudfit
Natalie Wolchover from Reader's Digest had an internet story last week entitled "3 Everyday Things That Drain Your Brain."

The first item on the list "Doors." She says "Ever walk into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was? Turns out, doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame have discovered that passing through a doorway triggers what's known as an event boundary in the mind, separating one set of thoughts and memories from the next. Your brain files away the thoughts you had in the previous room and prepares a blank slate for the new locale."

Thank you Natalie Wolchover. Happy to hear it is not just me. At least twice a week I get up from my office and walk into the Editorial department for something and as soon as I walk through the door it disappears from my brain. Normally I go back to my office to figure out what I was working on so I can remember what was needed in the next room. Snickers and whispers are generally heard when this happens.

Finally I have a real excuse for my absentmindedness. I'm just preparing my mind for new material. Now the question is "How do I overcome this defect?" I'll go ask someone in Editorial.

Now what was it I walked in here for?


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