Curtis Cripe Speaks About How the Doorway Effect is an Annoying Habit of the Brain   

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A very commonly observed behavior is one in which an individual forgets things as soon as they cross a doorway. One may have been working with something and being pressed with the need for something that is not present in their current surrounding, they would need to go to the next room. Till the time one enters the door of the other room, he/she perfectly remembers what they are going to bring from the other room until they cross the doorway. Curtis Cripe the founder of the NTL group and a doctor by profession finds it fascinating and annoying at the same time.

He is floored by the thought that the brain behaves in this weird fashion wherein it forgets what had been in the mind a few moments back as soon as it crosses a doorway. To understand the reason behind this behavior of humans Gabriel Radvansky along with his colleagues at Notre Dame conducted a test on several participants.

In this test, the participants were asked to take an object from one table, which on picking up became invisible. They had to take this object and place it on another table from where they were to pick up a second object. Sometimes this table was in the same room and sometimes in another room, the participants had to walk through a doorway to get to the other table. It was noticed that when they had to walk to the other table within the same room did not affect the memory of the individual of what they had been carrying from the previous table adversely. However, the moment they crossed the doorway and entered the other room they would forget what they had been carrying in their hands.

At a time when the brain is found to be competent in altering based on its experiences, this seems to be unexpected of the brain, feel Curtis Cripe and his team of doctors. The answer to this behavioral pattern of the brain is not yet very concrete. However, the last logical reason behind this phenomenon state was that as soon as the brain crossed the doorway, it becomes conditioned to gather new experiences. This is the reason the last task done is easily forgotten.

The scientists who carried out similar experiments to study the brain are of the opinion that there is a sort of mental block created in the brain when an individual walks from one room to another. It could be said that the individuals suffered a divide in their memory. Another opinion of the brain resetting itself was also proposed by the researchers. People such as Curtis Cripea doctor by profession would know that the correct terminology for this state of mind is known as the location updating effect.

Being a neuroengineer Dr. Cripe loves to delve into new arenas such as this and study one of the most complex systems in this universe – the human brain.

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