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Doorways Make You Forget Things
Researchers at the University of Notre Dame have shown <a title="The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology" href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17470218.2011.571267#.UuGFbxDTkdU" target="_blank">in a new study</a> that walking through doorways leads us to forget things, and its implications in the world of interior design could be very interesting.
The scientists found that the simple act of walking through a doorway has the effect of shifting our “event models,” meaning it can trigger us to forget what we were doing in the previous room so we can focus on what we’re going to do in the next room. That’s why we sometimes walk into a room, stop and say, “What was I going to do in here?”
The study proposes that this occurs because it’s part of a neural function that serves the very important purpose of preparing us to receive new information, but of course sometimes we need to remember what we were doing <em>before</em> to be able to do what we plan to do <em>next</em>. So, how can that apply to interior design?
The answer is a simple matter of <em>organization</em>. If we’re more apt to forget things every time we leave a room the goal should be to minimize how often we have to leave the room, especially when that room is an <a title="Office Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/office-furniture_986.html" target="_blank">office</a>.
<strong>Solution: Focus and Planning</strong>
The study speaks to the importance of space efficiency and how we can benefit from knowing what we need to make rooms functional before we start using them. Of course, this might come at the expense of some trial and error and that’s okay.
And, this isn’t always a matter of extra storage or <a title="Figuring Out Feng Shui" href="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/figuring-out-feng-shui/" target="_blank"><em>feng shui</em></a>. For example, if you’re the type of person who likes to pace while you ponder, it might increase efficiency to make room for that in your office space as opposed to just wandering around the house where distractions and doorways will derail your train of thought.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> would like to thank the researchers at the University of … ah … somewhere for uncovering the mystery of … something mysterious that we totally forgot about already.