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Raise Your Fist Against Memory Loss

Memory, Science News | 2013/04/24

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Clenching your right fist may help form a stronger memory of an event or action, and clenching your left may help you recollect the memory later, according to new research.

“The findings suggest that some simple body movements – by temporarily changing the way the brain functions – can improve memory.” says Ruth Propper, lead scientist on the study.

The authors clarify that further work is needed to test whether their results also will extend to memories of visual stimuli like remembering a face, or spatial tasks, such as remembering where keys were placed. The authors suggest that this effect of hand-clenching on memory may be because clenching a fist activates specific brain regions that are associated with memory formation.

Source: ScienceDaily