Have you ever walked into a room and realized you don't remember what you're doing there?
Well, thankfully science finally explains why: It's the doorway's fault.
A new study finds when you go from room to room, your brain identifies each room as a new event and sets a new memory trace to capture the new event.
Study author Gabriel Radvansky, a psychology professor at the University of Notre Dame, explains doorways are like a chapter marker. They end old episodes and begin new ones. This makes it difficult to retrieve older memories because they've already been filed away.
He suggests physically carrying a reminder of what your intent is.
For example, if you want to go from the living room to the kitchen to get a snack, it would be easier to remember if you walked into the kitchen with something to remind yourself of what you wanted, such as a bowl.
So if you're to fetch a pair of scissors, hold your index and middle fingers in a scissor shape to help the memory stay intact. And when you enter the washroom… well......