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Brain overload, or just a doorway

February 13, 2013
Roger Testrake , Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

Dear Editor,

Recently, Joyce Schenk wrote in her column about "Big questions change through the years" (Thursday, Jan. 17), specifically, the burning question, "Why am I here?"

"It was mid-morning when I walked into the kitchen, determined to carry out a chore I had been putting off. I reached the sink, turned and looked blankly around the room. Finally I asked myself - as I have many times before - 'Why am I here?'"

Joyce, you are not the only old-timer experiencing this memory lapse. "Brain overload?" Perhaps not.

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.

It's not aging, it's the doggone door! Thank God for studies like this.

Roger Testrake,

Ripley

 
 

 

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