Trying to remember something? Just close your eyes and try to recall


Forgot something? Trying to remember? Close your eyes and think for while. This is what most of us would do anyway. A recent study published in the journal Legal and Criminology Psychology confirmed that closing eyes would really help to remember things better than with eyes open. In this study, researchers showed that eyewitnesses to crimes remember more details or more accurate details when their eyes are open.

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In this study, 178 participants were tested for their memory by two different experiments. In the first experiment, participants were shown a film depicting an electrician entering a property, carrying out jobs and stealing items. Then each participant was randomly assigned one of the four conditions-either eyes opened or close, and having built up a rapport with the interviewer or not. Participants were asked questions about the film. Researchers found out that participants with their eyes closed gave 23 percent more correct answers. Also building up a rapport with the interviewers increased the percentage of correct answers. However closing their eyes was much more effective than any other condition. In a second experiment, the participants were shown a clip from the crime watch and questioned about the things they had heard and seen. Participants with their eyes closed could recall the audio and visual details efficiently irrespective of whether they had a rapport with the interviewer or not. Lead author Dr Robert Nash from the University of Surrey said “It is clear from our research that closing the eyes and building rapport help with witness recall”. “Although closing your eyes to remember seems to work whether or not rapport has been built beforehand, our results show that building rapport makes witnesses more at ease with closing their eyes. That in itself is vital if we are to encourage witnesses to use this helpful technique during interviews.”

So next time when you forget something, just close your eyes and try to recall. You may remember!


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