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New study finds that closing your eyes boosts memory recall

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Posted in Science on 18th Jan, 2015 07:25 PM by AlexMuller

The team also discovered that building a rapport with witnesses helped them to remember more. 178 participants took part across two studies. In the first experiment, participants watched a film depicting an electrician entering a property, carrying out jobs and stealing items.

 

Each participant was then randomly assigned one of four conditions, either eyes closed or open, and having built up a rapport with the interviewer or not. They were then asked a series of questions about the film, such as, “What was written on the front of the van?” The team found that closing their eyes led participants to answer 23 per cent more of the questions correctly. Building rapport also increased the number of correct answers, however, closing their eyes was effective regardless of whether rapport had been built or not.

 
The second experiment took the memory task one step further, by asking witnesses about things they had heard, as well as things they had seen. This time, participants watched a clip from Crimewatch, showing a reconstruction of a burglary where an elderly man was attacked in his home. Results showed that closing their eyes helped participants recall both audio and visual details, both when they had built rapport and when they had not. 
 
Across both experiments, participants who did not build rapport said they felt less comfortable when they closed their eyes, compared to when they kept their eyes open. In contrast, participants who built rapport felt more comfortable when they closed their eyes.

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2015-01-19
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Useful to know- it would be good to have some explanation how closing eyes helps memory - I presume stops input form the surrounding Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-05-06
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Hehe, that’s the first time I’ve seen what you look like! Like a scaredy cat, I went with BF1s logo instead my mug. I wo71&nd#82lu;t like to give DC any more bad luck than he is currently being subjected to! Reply


 

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