A team of scientists from New York university has revealed why we memorize certain things better.
Why you remember certain things better
Perhaps, you noticed that some of the events of your life you remember better. The scientists believe that memories of emotionally colored events are more likely to be retained. Even deep-seated memories of an early childhood are kept in mind because they elicited an emotional response in the brain. This is how important feelings are when it comes to remembering things.
The reason is obvious: Emotionally arousing event get a better grasp in your memory.
Emotions influence our brain states for some period of time after the end of the feelings-provoking episode. This phenomenon influences how we remember the subsequent events.
To test the hypothesis, researchers conducted an experiment, Science Daily reports.
- The first group of participants was offered to view a series of images that provoke emotions. After 10-30 minutes, people viewed neutral images.
- Another group of participants, on the contrary, was showed neutral pictures first and then presented emotionally charged ones.
During the experiment, scientists measured the degree of physiological arousal and brain activity among all the participants.
6 hours later, people passed a test how they memorized the images.
People who first watched pictures that evoked emotions remembered neutral images better, as opposed to those who first looked through unemotional scenes.
Thus, the researchers were able to confirm that the situations and things causing emotional arousal are memorized better. Besides, subsequent events are more likely to be kept in mind if they follow something strongly emotional.
Women are ruled by emotions to a higher degree than men
This is why women cry more and their excitement also reaches higher levels.
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