Thursday, September 15, 2005

Hiding emotions will lead to Poor Memory!

Hiding emotions leading to poor memory? BBC and New Scientist reports about this interesting discovery by James Gross, Stanford University, and Jane Richards, the University of Texas at Austin, who published their study in the Journal of Research and Personality.

The investigators asked 57 volunteers to watch an emotive film about a surgical procedure and then asked them about how they were feeling, how much effort they put into hiding their emotions and how much they remembered about the film.

The people who said they had put the most effort into hiding their emotional response to the film had the worst recall for what they had seen!

So better let your face express the true emotions than trying to supress them, why to be more prone to amnesia (the memory loss)?

1 comment:

mellissa said...

Hmm.. That's something to think about I guess. That relates to me actually. I keep my emotions in, often. And I tend to get 'short term memory loss'. I don't believe I REALLY have it; however, it's difficult for me to hold a conversation with friends because I soemtimes forget what we're talking about, or even what I'm saying! Good theory, maybe you should test it more. =]