Emotional Reactions Empower Memory
New study by Researchers from New York University reported that reacting emotionally to an event can help the brain remember it for a long time
Reacting to something emotional helps to remember something an individual has seen and this memory could last as much as 30 minutes after experiencing the emotion. This has scraped the regular notion that says, memories of an emotionally attached even fade away easily. The study consisted of around 100 participants. A group of 115 volunteers took part in the study. The group was divided into two.
One group was first shown images that sparked emotional reactions and neutral images after 20 minutes and the other way around for the next group. Both the groups were asked give a surprised memory test after a time of 6 hours. The questions were based on the earlier images the groups saw. The psychological reactions of the participants were analyzed using skin conductance as the skin conducts electricity as we experience any psychologically stimulating event. An fMRI scanner was also used to trace the reactions in the brain. The main goal of the study was to find out if the participants remembered the neutral images better before or after seeing the emotional images. The study also focused on the regions of brain that support emotional memory. The results showed that the participants who were shown emotional images before the neutral ones, remembered the neutral images better.
The reason behind such behavior is credited to amygdala in brain which reacts when user get emotional by secreting adrenaline in body. The process somehow works on the hippocampus, which is the center of memory function. The study emphasizes on the fact that memories are not just the result of the external world around us. The internal emotions also have a strong impact on our memory.
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