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The Door

on November 25, 2013

You are sitting at your computer. Creative juices are flowing and you are excited at all you have accomplished in just a few seemingly short hours of morning. Excitement flows through your veins along with the caffeine absorbed from several cups of coffee…the mere sight of which reveals only dregs floating on the bottom with a few grounds clinging to the rim.Free-Question-Mark

The phone rings.

A brief conversation ensues at the end of which you get up from the computer, reach for your coffee mug, then head out the door for the kitchen. You are no sooner through the doorway, or perhaps you made it all the way to the kitchen, when you stop. STOP dead still. Silence engulfs your entire being as one huge question mark becomes the only life in your aching brain…

Familiar scene?

Have you ever walked out of or into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was?

DidYouKnow

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.

Sounds pretty cool, huh?

Thank goodness for studies like this.  It’s not our age, it’s that darn door!

Now, doesn’t this make you feel just peachy?

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11 responses to “The Door

  1. […] You are sitting at your computer. Creative juices are flowing and you are excited at all you have accomplished in just a few seemingly short hours of morning. Excitement flows through your veins along with the caffeine absorbed from several cups of coffee…the mere sight of which reveals only dregs floating on the bottom with a few grounds clinging to the rim. The phone rings.  […]

  2. PEACHY it does!! Thank goodness there is an explanation. I am so happy to learn I am not in this problematic situation alone! Normal?? I sure hope so. Thanks Sharla for a sweet and interesting story. You just get better and better!

    Mamie

  3. Teepee12 says:

    What about when you find yourself standing somewhere — clueless as to why you are there? Maybe your brain is on the other side of the doorway? Or you get wherever, do three things, go sit down, and realize there was a fourth thing … the original reason you got up … and that’s the ONE thing you didn’t do. Hmm. Not my age? Glad to hear it!!

  4. utesmile says:

    Walking into a room and forget why I went there in the first place happens to me all the time…. Thanks for this interesting post!

  5. RoSy says:

    I believe that I suffer from event boundary…

  6. Micki Peluso says:

    Whew!!! And I thought my mind was slipping away. Several surgeries in 3 weeks sure don’t help either.

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