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The effect of bilateral eye movements on hypermnesia

Sheard, Francesca (2011) The effect of bilateral eye movements on hypermnesia. Manchester Metropolitan University. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The effect of eye movement (bilateral/horizontal, vertical and central) on episodic memory was tested across a series of recall trials. Recall was measured in terms of correctly recalled items, item gain and item loss. It was found that bilateral eye movements enhanced the number of items correctly recalled; participants in the bilateral condition also displayed a significantly higher number of item gain (reminiscence) across the three trials. Participants in the vertical and central (no eye movement) conditions displayed no significant increase in the retrieval of episodic memories (or item gain) across trials. It was concluded that interhemispheric interaction plays a key role in episodic memory performance, whereby the greater the interaction, the more enhanced the memory performance.

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