Why Do We Forget What We Were Supposed To Do The Minute We Enter A Room? - Deepstash
The Doorway Effect

Psychologists believe that walking through a door and entering another room creates a mental blockage in the brain, meaning that walking through open doors resets memory to make room for a new episode to emerge. 

This is generally referred to as the doorway effect.

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Human memories are episodic, as opposed to clear, linear narratives, which means that they are segmented and strongly depend on the person who makes them. 

For example, the way one remembers a particular incident will most likely differ from the way another person remembers exactly the same incident.

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  • So far, there is no concrete explanation behind this phenomenon, but psychologists believe that passing through a doorway and entering a different room creates a mental block in the brain.
  • In addition, walking through open doors is thought to reset the memory to make room for the emergence of a new episode. This short experience of passing through a door from one room to another is called the location updating effect.
  • The good news is that experiencing such forgettable episodes after entering another room does not tell you anything about your memory, intelligence, or cognitive abilities

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