British Lung Foundation

Short Term Memory


Whew! What a relief to learn this . . .

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.

So it's not aging, it's the stupid door!

Thank goodness for scientific studies like this!

Thought this would be helpful to everyone.....................


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Aha... so that's why, when you retrace your steps you remember what it is you originally went looking for .....

Now that's a good point!! I have always wondered why that works!


I knew the doors had a lot to answer for hehe

Oh thank goodness for that. I haven't lost any brain cells at all. It's all the doorways I keep going through. Than you so much Peta

love Tina :)

Good find Slade (still love the name!)

Now that's what I call useful research!

That's a relief!!

If removing a few doors will stop me feeling like a complete 'dur' brain half the time then I'm up for it

............. Hang on ...... where do I even start to look for the screw driver??

Fridge? Sock draw? Microwave? Dog basket? ..... the possibilities are unfortunately endless



Oh bless you Slade, but what about stairs??? I get half way up & forget what I,m going up them for :D (unless its the loo :) )


I need to do more research..........................

Ah! Is that why mine moves every time i go to the pub !

and it,s nowt to do with the ringing in my ears or the hump on my back,

Glad about that now i can honestly say it was the doors fault not mine, heeheehurgh cough!!

Thanks Slade needed a new excuse, the old gremlins one was getting a bit tired,



That's an interesting bit of research discovery, have to pass that on to my older freinds that its the doors to blame not our age or failing memory

That would explain a lot. But why is it then that the name of a local notability that I had never met and left this town decades ago suddenly pops into my mind. For anyone who forgets, have a memory book and pencil with them.

Now that's what I call spooky as was only told this little snippet this very afternoon ! Great, can couch potato with justification now - LOL :) x

Is it just French Doors?


Your daily humour tonic


I have made a start. I have got wifey unscrewin' all the doors as we speak. Phew! What a relief to find out what is causing ....erm....

Bobby xxxx

It all makes sense now! X x

So I'm thinking , time to move to an open plan apartment. That would sort me out. :)

So next time I want to stop worrying about something, instead of putting it in an imaginary box, perhaps my minds eye should walk it through a doorway into another room, leave it there and then come out again. - I will try that next time I use visualisation to dump my troubles.

Anna xx

Does it apply to front doors and back doors or only internal doors, please try to be more explicit............LOL..xxxx

Now the wife can stop saying you getting old and senile as i forget even before i go thought the door

Wonderful - thank you - not getting old after all ha ha xx

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