Closing the eyes while trying to revive a certain memory, could help the brain remember more details compared to trying to remember facts with our eyes opened, new study shows.
Researchers have tested the ability of humans of remembering details of movie scenes and are hoping that this sort of study would be useful for police while interrogating witnesses or for people during interviews. Experts stated that establishing a connection with the person who is posing the question, might improve the bringing back of memories.
The experiment has been conducted on 178 persons which have been put to two different experiments. The first test, asked the volunteers to watch a movie, in which an electrician was entering a private property, did some work and after stole a few objects. And were asked random questions, such as “What was written on the van?”.
At the end, the participants were asked a few questions. A part of them were asked to respond the questions with their eyes closed and others with their eyes opened. Also, some were interrogated after they bonded with the persons interviewing them, and some had to respond without having established the bond with the interrogator.
The individuals which connected with their interrogator and held their eyes closed along the interview had given correct answers to 23% more of the 17 questions compared o the ones not connecting with the interrogator, and who held their eyes opened during the interview.
The study proved that closing the eyes and feeling comfortable along the interview improved the accuracy of the memory.
During the second interview, people were asked what were they recalled hearing during a certain scene which portrayed a murder, when an elder person was being attacked in his house during a robbery. Again, closing their eyes and feeling comfortable, helped individuals to remember more auditive details compared to the rest of the participants.
The closure of the eyes while trying to remember something, is helpful as it eliminates factors which could be distracting. Also it could help people better visualise the details of the event which they are trying to remember.The second study, showed that with the eyes closed, can offer a better focus on recalling auditive memories, as well, explained doctor Robert Nash, the lead researcher of the study.
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