This article suggests a very interesting way to improve your memory. It states that simply moving your eyes back and forth in a horizontal movement will strengthen your memory skills. This is very interesting, and seems to make logical sense. Especially when even our textbook states that there is a large amount of evidence that both the right and left side of the frontal lobe are involved in memory, therefore linking the two together would strengthen what we remember, right?
The main focus of this article is how these eye movements affect recall and recognition memory. The main experiment that they talked about was the "Lure" test. In this test they presented college students with lists of words that were all focused around a word, without actually saying that word. This tested both their original recognition abilities, and also how likely they were to fall to prey to memory illusions. They actually found that about 10 percent of those who used the eye movement technique ended up being about to retain more words and 15 percent were less likely to fall prey to those dreaded lure words. This is very exciting news, because it means that we are making progress in finding ways to help us improve our memory.
However, even the main researcher behind the article states that this information is simply speculative. Therefore, we cannot prove much of anything just yet. What we can conclude from this article is that we may have more plasticity in our memory than originally thought. Taking on memory one step (or eye roll) at a time.