hende554: October 2011 Archives

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.

Is Obesity Contagious?

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This article states that recent research has shown a strong link between obesity and your friends and family. It says that if your friends and family are obese, then your likelihood of becoming obese greatly increases, even if you do not live near your friends and family.

All of this brings up the question that is raised by the Nature vs. Nurture debate. The Nature vs. Nurture debate looks at whether or not it is your environment, or your genes that make you who you are. Interestingly enough, most research seems to lead to the conclusion that both play a factor in your personality, and other traits. Twin studies, adoption studies, and family studies have all lead to somewhat of a similar conclusion.


Now, this article seems to be taking a look at both sides of the spectrum, while mostly focusing on the nurture side. This is because the article includes linkage to obesity among friends, when your friends do not have the same genes as you. This means that your genes are not solely responsible for your weight according to this article, because your environment seems to play a big role in it too.

As for the nature side of the debate, I feel that it addresses it when it looks at the trend between obesity and your loved ones, even when you are not around them. That means that genes may play a role, because you are being taken from the environment where the weight influence is. Although, they did think it had something to do with social class, which again goes back to the nurture side of the debate.

Therefore, conclusively, I think it is pertinent to look at both sides of the Nature vs. Nurture debate when it comes to this article, and other such research findings like these. A thorough analysis of the article and the debate that applies gives you an interesting way of looking at the findings, and putting them into perspective.

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