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OKIsItJustMe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:11 PM
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Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows
http://newsinfo.nd.edu/news/27476-walking-through-doorw... /

Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows

Susan Guibert Date: November 16, 2011

Weve all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do. Or get. Or find.

New research from University of Notre Dame Psychology Professor Gabriel Radvansky suggests that passing through doorways is the cause of these memory lapses.

Entering or exiting through a doorway serves as an event boundary in the mind, which separates episodes of activity and files them away, Radvansky explains.

Recalling the decision or activity that was made in a different room is difficult because it has been compartmentalized.

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wtmusic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:13 PM
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1. Starting a new thread seems to do the same thing around here. nt
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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:17 PM
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2. I've often thought that the reason we don't remember dreams
is that there is a break in the continuity of the context at the point you wake up. It's like you not only walked into a different room, but you walked into a different version of reality!

That probably explains why so few people remember their past lives, too. ;) ;)
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silverweb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:47 PM
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8. Exactly.
:thumbsup:

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mzteris Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 10:58 AM
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14. many years ago
I had a therapist who wanted me to record my dreams.

He had me keep a pad and pen by the bed. If I woke up in the night, write down what I remembered. But mainly, first thing in the morning, no snooze alarm, wake up - grab the pad and start writing - it's usually kind of a backwards progression. You write down the first thing you remember - usually the last dream, but as you trace it back you remember the one before that and the one before that. Don't let people talk to you. Don't get out of bed. If you hit a blank spot, "close your eyes and think about the last thing you were remembering" . . .

it was amazing all the "stuff" I was dreaming about. He seemed to find it enlightening.



One really really odd thing occurred (if you're in the mood for a story). At the time - and this was early 1980 - I had just moved and started seeing this new therapist who was assigned to me. He was from an island country - Jamaica or something, he had a pretty heavy accent, but he was also black. Now, at the time - this was in Southern Alabama, I'd been "born and raised in GA and AL" and while not a total redneck, suffered from the prejudices of the "South". I - struggled - with the fact that he was black, but he was the therapist I was assigned to and I couldn't change without good cause (and I don't think that would have been accepted as "good cause" even back then.)

OK - so I had this dream - I still remember it pretty vividly. I was in a hospital looking in at the newborns in a nursery. There was one black baby in there. Then, this black couple picks up the baby and brings it out to me. They want me to take the baby and raise him as my own. I remember (in the dream) thinking, this is impossible! I can't take a black baby. I said as much to them. I'm white, he's not. I can't. But they said they couldn't take care of him and if I didn't take him they didn't know what would happen to him and he'd probably die. So I looked down at this tiny newborn and said, "OK. I'll do it. No baby deserves to die." I and held him to my chest and hugged him gently.

So I wrote up the dream, but I was pretty uncomfortable writing it up because then I thought, well he'll know for sure I'm prejudiced now even though I tried to hide it. Then I got to thinking - maybe this means I'm accepting him as a therapist!! I was quite pleased with my interpretation of my dream, and indeed, my relationship with him changed and we worked together much better. I didn't see him much longer because he thought I needed a marriage counselor instead of a therapist - which was true.

OK - still with me? - Here's where it gets a little weird..........fast forward to 1998 - that's EIGHTEEN YEARS later! New Foster Parent license in hand, my new social worker told me about a newborn baby in the hospital that was going to an orphanage the next day if I didn't take him. 9 hours later she put a beautiful black baby boy in my arms. Two years later I was able to adopt him. His birth parents - though they went through the motions of trying to get him back, were incapable of taking care of him. If he had of gone back to them, I can't imagine what would have become of him. Though I've tried to not impose the image of his birth parents on the people in my dream - I can't help but believe they looked very similar. But that could just be revisionist thinking.

So - was my first interpretation correct - or was it some sort of precognitive dream? I wonder that sometimes . . .

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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:55 PM
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15. I've read that "dream amnesia" is the result of...
the brain in REM sleep having very different levels of neurotransmitters than in the waking state.
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lob1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:21 PM
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3. What doorway did Perry walk through between
"Two: I'd get rid of the department of education, and Three.....uuhhhhhhhh.....uuuhhhhhh....oops"?
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NOLALady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:30 PM
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4. It's not just a doorway.
It happens also with a stairway.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:32 PM
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5. Huh. Well, I'll be. Nt
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glinda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:37 PM
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6. So that is why I hate doorways!!!!!!! Cool!
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Turn CO Blue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:38 PM
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7. In my family we call that "destinesia" Destination + Amnesia
"why the hell did I come into this room, again?"
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Ikonoklast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 05:53 PM
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9. Every doorway is actually a portal to a different dimension.
The human mind can only take so much inter-dimensional travel without losing specific information usually associated with certain short-term memory functions; to wit, usually the last thing the person was thinking about is automatically forgotten as one transverses the dimensional portal.


It has nothing to do with getting older and more absent-minded.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.

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Speck Tater Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 08:46 PM
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10. Oooo! I LIKE that!
There are some things that I believe just because they are so much fun to believe. I think this one is destined to become one of those things.

Thank you!!!
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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-19-11 09:21 PM
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11. I can dig it!
and i also definitely agree about stairs too...and isn't it interesting that dreams and visions have doorway effects too?
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Tuesday Afternoon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 12:20 AM
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12. recommend
for the science :D
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sakabatou Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 02:09 AM
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13. So that's why my mom always has to come back into the house to get something
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Odin2005 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 09:58 PM
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16. Wow, that explains a lot!
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