People will tell you that food tastes better when they close their eyes while chewing it. Others testify that sensations are more enhanced like when they kiss their love ones or while singing.
It seems that when you isolate yourself from the world by closing your eyes you tend to do things better or you feel better. You must have tried it while trying to remember the answer to a test question.
There are also things that you can’t remember no matter how you try recalling them. Somebody will then suggest to you to sleep over it. Often the answer comes to you in the middle of your sleep.
Have you tried closing your eyes when you want to recall something, like an event? There’s a new study that says doing it will actually improve your ability to remember better.
This is the proof that will confirm the things we have just discussed.
The research was carried out where in scientists tested participants’ ability to remember certain segments of film showings. This involved watching make believe crime scenes. Afterwards the participants were asked to recall them. Some of them were instructed to close their eyes while others to keep them open.
“The mechanisms we identified ought to apply to other contexts, for example, trying to remember details of a lecture,” explains Dr. Robert Nash, from the University of Surrey. “It is clear from our research that closing the eyes and building rapport help with witness recall,” the lead study author continues. “Although closing your eyes to remember seems to work whether or not rapport has been built beforehand, our results show that building rapport makes witnesses more at ease with closing their eyes. That in itself is vital if we are to encourage witnesses to use this helpful technique during interviews.”
“Our data and other data before us points towards eye closure helping because it removes distraction,” he said.
He goes on to say, “Closing your eyes might also help people visualize the details of the event they are trying to remember, but our second experiment suggests keeping your eyes shut can help focus on audio information too.”
Professor Tim Hollins, of Plymouth University, did not participate in the research, but made a comment: “This adds to the growing body of research that eye closure might be a useful technique that police may want to use.”
He continues, “The other nice thing about this piece of work is that they have looked at rapport building too.”
“This data shows the benefit of eye closure and rapport building added together rather than cancelled each other out as some people previously feared.”