Scientists measure the “doorway effect,” and it supports a novel model of human memory
It’s not your imagination, you really do forget things when you walk through a doorway… including a virtual one. It doesn’t make you forget long term things, just clears short term memory. Forget what you were doing, pay attention to your new location… so you don’t get eaten by predators.
This obviously has several implications:
- Teachers that yell the homework assignment at students as they go out the door to change for class, yeah, don’t be surprised they forgot. Teachers, try at the start of class. Students, pause and scribble down homework before leaving. You won’t remember it in hall.
- Parents telling kids to do X as they go out the door to the bus… yeah, they likely will forget. (or doing same to SO or spouse) same deal tell them well beforehand or write it down.
- Told somebody something while they were playing a FPS? probably forgot what you said. Pick a different time,
- Has something someone said just upset you? go for a walk through the house or play a game with lots of doorways. (Portal is probably ideal) Brain should stop obsessing over it and dump some or all of it out of short term memory. It won’t dump things that really are IMPORTANT, but if you’re in that spiral of replaying a minor conversation in your head and its just making you more upset as you overanalyze it… dump the memory.
I think about this nearly every day and notice it happen all over the place. I’ve started repeating my task to myself as I walk through doorways in order to remember it.
George Chauncey, Gay New York: Gender, Urban Culture, and the Making of the Gay Male World, 1890-1940 (New York: Basic Books, 1994), p. 19.
well that certainly shakes up my assumption that ‘queer’ began as a slur and was then appropriated as positive. i don’t back every argument or linguistic decision in this book, fyi. but the evidence chauncey uncovered about the history of the word ‘queer’ is interesting.