Sunday, February 4, 2018

Study considers effects of taking photos on memories

According to a study published in the journal Psychological Science, people may be able to remember more visuals if they take photos during the experience. The researchers found that, even without revisiting any photos, participants who could freely take photographs during an experience recognized more of what they saw and less of what they heard, compared with those who could not take any photographs. Furthermore, participants who used a camera during their experience recognized even nonphotographed aspects better than participants without a camera did. Meta-analyses including all reported studies support these findings. The implications of this study could possibly result in changes to educational approaches or classroom interventions by involving the use of more visual learning opportunities to aid students’ memories.

Barasch, A., Diehl, K., Silverman, J., & Zauberman, G. (2017). Photographic memory: The effects of volitional photo taking on memory for visual and auditory aspects of an experience. Psychol Science, 28(8), 1056-1066.

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