e-space
Manchester Metropolitan University's Research Repository

    Effects of saccadic bilateral eye movements on episodic and semantic autobiographical memory fluency

    Parker, A, Parkin, A and Dagnall, N (2013) Effects of saccadic bilateral eye movements on episodic and semantic autobiographical memory fluency. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. p. 630. ISSN 1662-5161

    [img]
    Preview
    Published Version
    Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

    Download (593kB) | Preview

    Abstract

    Performing a sequence of fast saccadic horizontal eye movements has been shown to facilitate performance on a range of cognitive tasks, including the retrieval of episodic memories. One explanation for these effects is based on the hypothesis that saccadic eye movements increase hemispheric interaction, and that such interactions are important for particular types of memory. The aim of the current research was to assess the effect of horizontal saccadic eye movements on the retrieval of both episodic autobiographical memory (event/incident based memory) and semantic autobiographical memory (fact based memory) over recent and more distant time periods. It was found that saccadic eye movements facilitated the retrieval of episodic autobiographical memories (over all time periods) but not semantic autobiographical memories. In addition, eye movements did not enhance the retrieval of non-autobiographical semantic memory. This finding illustrates a dissociation between the episodic and semantic characteristics of personal memory and is considered within the context of hemispheric contributions to episodic memory performance.

    Impact and Reach

    Statistics

    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    303Downloads
    6 month trend
    367Hits

    Additional statistics for this dataset are available via IRStats2.

    Altmetric

    Repository staff only

    Edit record Edit record