Have you ever walked into a room with some purpose in mind, only to completely forget what that purpose was once you arrived? Of course you have. Especially those readers of Rambles who are in my age group.
It turns out the doors themselves are to blame for these strange memory lapses. Psychologists at the University of Notre Dame du Lac, a Catholic research university located just north of the city of South Bend, in Indiana, United States, have discovered what causes it. The cause, it seems, is simply passing through a doorway. This 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.
"Now what was I thinking before I walked through that door???"
Go back to the previous room and you will remember.
It's not ageing, it's the damn door! Thank goodness for studies like this.
On the same subject I got a leaflet from the GP the other day. It's all about what to do if you are afraid you might be developing Alzheimer's. Unfortunately I have forgotten where I put it.
And while we are thinking about doors -