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At last, an explanation:

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."
Our minds actually separate activity from room to room which is why walking through a door can lead to forgetting while walking the same distance across the room has no effect.


Doorways impede one’s ability to retrieve thoughts or decisions made in a different room.



It's not aging, it's the door! Whew! Thank goodness for studies :)
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