Doors and forgetting
- Here's a quite interesting report about research on the cognitive effects of the built environment:
It seems that doorways tend to trigger some kind of associative "closure" in people's minds, leading them to forget pieces of information acquired before passing through the doors. It would be interesting to see what other cognitive effects can be linked to other aspects of the built environment.
- =v= So, does getting into cars through car doors have the
same effect? Making people forget how to behave as if there
are other people on the road, in the world, and such?
- A 'car' is a capsule that is unlike the 'real world' outside the car.
Passing through the door (of the car) is the most convenient way of entering
the capsule. If one were to hop over the top of the windows of an open
convertible, the same concept would be present...providing the occupant was
now surrounded by front, rear, and side windows, or sitting low within the
body of the car.
Ideas, information and concepts that were (only) important when not in a
car-capsule, may not be significant to that same person now isolated within
As cyclists, we may think it very important for motorists to stay out of the
bike lane; as a motorist, it does not seem to be nearly so important.
From: Jym Dyer, Sunday, October 21, 2012 9:51 PM
=v= So, does getting into cars through car doors have the same effect?
Making people forget how to behave as if there are other people on the road,
in the world, and such?
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