Washington, June 19 (ANI): A new research has suggested that witnessing a negative and shocking image enhances the retention of everything that one learns before seeing them.
Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have found that viewing emotion-laden images such as, a menacing drill sergeant, a gory slaughterhouse or a devastating scene of a natural disaster, immediately after taking a test actually increases people’s retention of the tested material.
“Memory is labile and dynamic – after you retrieve something, you’re still engaged in processing that information in some way,” said Bridgid Finn, PhD, postdoctoral researcher in psychology in Arts and Sciences.
“Having a picture of a gun pointed at you just after you’ve just been tested on something probably isn’t the best situation for learning, but because there is an intricate relationship between areas involved in emotion and remembering, the amygdala and the hippocampus, we find that the negative picture can enhance later retention,” he said.
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