The Eyes Have It

According to researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in England, if you move your eyes from side-to-side for 30 seconds, you can improve your memory and integrate both sides of the brain more effectively.

After hearing a list of words, the study found that those who moved their eyes side-to-side for 30 seconds correctly remembered more than 10 percent more words, and falsely recognized about 15 percent fewer “lure” words, compared to those who moved their eyes up and down or did nothing.

Why would moving your eyes influence your memory?

The researchers suspect it’s because the horizontal eye movements cause the two hemispheres of the brain to interact more, and communication between the left and right brain hemispheres is known to help us remember certain things.

It is unclear whether this research will be practical in daily life. But, it can’t hurt (unless you have a migraine – ouch!), so why not try it next time you go to the store and find you have forgotten your grocery list?

LiveScience.com April 25, 2007

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5 responses to “The Eyes Have It

  1. Of course you tell me this 6 years after I graduate college!!!

  2. Interesting, not sure I buy it, however, who knows …

  3. seb

    Hmmm, sounds like a lot of work…

  4. Worth a shot… hope I don’t get dizzy!

  5. Well, you just made me dizzy:)
    LOL
    It should work with one eye closed, too. each eye connects to both sides of the brain.

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