Simple Pointing to Objects may Facilitate Remembering


Two experiments demonstrate the impact of the self-performed actions during the encoding phase on the amount of the learned information. People memorized more items if they had touched the stimuli during learning. The experiments differ from many of the classical studies testing embodiment of human memory in two main respects: First, the performed actions are completely unrelated to the essence of the learned stimuli, thus the results can not be explained by pure association-based facilitation. Second, the actions are performed during the encoding phase only, thus the results maybe directly linked to the nature of the encoded representations. The possible mechanisms that may underlie the observed influence are discussed shortly.

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