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How Leaving a Room Affects Your Memory

Every so often, you’re struck with brilliance. But moments later, it’s gone. The solution to this: Don’t leave the room. BPS Research Digest reported that memory performance decreases when you walk through an open doorway, compared with walking the same distance within a room.

“Walking through doorways serves as an event boundary, thereby initiating the updating of one’s event model [i.e. the creation of a new episode in memory]” the researchers said.

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