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  • Closing your eyes helps you remember things.

  • An article written by Psychology Today titled Why Do You Close Your Eyes to Remember

  • does a very good job explaining why closing your eyes helps you remember things better.

  • It says that closing your eyes prevents you from distractions that occupy your visual senses.

  • It seems that your brain has a limited capacity when it comes to processing information related to specific senses.

  • For example, you are only able to process so much visual information at once.

  • When you ask somebody to recall a visual object,

  • chances are they're going to close their eyes or look up.

  • This helps minimalize visual distractions.

  • It also appears that depending on what we're trying to remember,

  • sound, sight, smell, taste, or touch,

  • closing off distractions to those senses helps you remember better.

  • We already used vision as an example.

  • For sound, the article also touches upon a study that

  • shows that blocking out sound related distractions when trying to remember a sound

  • helps improve a call.

  • At this point, this logic seems to make sense and perhaps truly applies to the other senses as well.

  • I also remember as a part of a memory lab that I volunteered for.

  • My supervisor had me research a little about memory and sensory processing.

  • I forgot the name of the concept of the model.

  • But it basically says that when you multitask you aren't actually multitasking.

  • You are essentially dividing up your attention or resources to various tasks.

  • This also means that when you multitask,

  • your attention on each task aren't at their 100%.

  • It supports the idea that our brains has a limited capacity when it comes to dealing with various senses.

  • Another key point of the model was that

  • if you perform two tasks that require the same sensory input and output

  • you're more likely to divide up the resources for those activities.

  • You're also more likely to have difficulties performing two or more tasks that require the same sense.

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  • Do you have any strange stories regarding remembering things or multitasking?

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Closing your eyes helps you remember things.

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Does Closing Your Eyes Help You Remember Things Better?

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    Carol Chen posted on 2018/03/16
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