The authors of the Edinburgh study say when we first attain new information we are at the early stages of memory formation and further neural processes have to take place in order for us to fully absorb and remember.
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Toronto, ON (PRWEB) August 19, 2012
Bel Marra Health, well known for offering high-quality, specially formulated vitamins and nutritional supplements, supports recent research that shows resting eyes for 10 minutes can help with brain function and memory.
Psychologists and neuroscientists at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland say the theory has been put to the test and closing one’s eyes for 10 minutes really does work.
In one experiment the researchers took a group of elderly men and women and told them two detailed stories. Some of the men and women were put in a dark room for 10 minutes where they were told to close their eyes and relax. The other group of men and women were distracted with a new task and new images. The participants who closed their eyes for 10 minutes were not only able to better recall the details of the stories immediately following their quick break; they experienced improved memory a full week after the story-telling session.
Memory Consolidation is a process that stabilizes a memory right after it is initially acquired. It is then broken down into two phases: Synaptic, taking place within the first few hours after learning something new and System when information becomes fixed in long-term memory. Memory consolidation is normally associated with a full night’s sleep and thus longer term memory retention. For the first time, this latest study suggests that closing one’s eyes for a few minutes can lead to long term memory.
This isn’t the first time that shutting eyes to boost memory has been put to the test. Previous research has indicated that no matter what age, individuals have better recall of a list of words if given the chance to rest in between learning the words and reiterating them.
Spokesperson for Bel Marra Health Dr. Victor Marchione says, “The authors of the Edinburgh study say when we first attain new information we are at the early stages of memory formation and further neural processes have to take place in order for us to fully absorb and remember. Closing our eyes for just a few minutes without any distractions gives us some extra absorption time.”
Surveys show that most students use cramming as a way to prepare for mid-terms. Psychologists argue that’s not a good approach though. It can lead to forgetfulness. A study conducted by students at UCLA shows that cramming for a mid-term means students forget the information until studying again for their finals. Ironically, their theory is that forgetfulness is a tool for learning. They say relearning allows people to retain the information longer.
CEO of Bel Marra Health Jim Chiang says, “Treatment for forgetfulness when it comes to illness, as well as the learning process is the subject of great speculation. For this reason we can expect much more research to be conducted. In the meantime, it wouldn’t hurt to take a few quiet moments now and then, relax and close your eyes.”
(SOURCE: “Psychological Science” Brief Wakeful Resting Boosts New Memories Over the Long Term, Feb 2012)
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