Bachelor of Arts (BA)
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Matthew R. Kelley
Previous studies show that making horizontal eye movements for thirty seconds prior to a memory task improves performance for right-handed participants. Two theories explain this phenomenon from conflicting perspectives: the inter-hemispheric interaction hypothesis claims eye movements increase interaction between hemispheres, whereas the top-down attentional control hypothesis claims they improve top-down attentional control subsequently improving episodic memory retrieval. The current study tests these theories by investigating the effect of vertical, horizontal, and no-eye movements on the ability of participants to remember words requiring little effort (bottom-up processing) or more significant cognitive effort (top-down). Results did not replicate eye movements improving episodic memory. This may be due to it being a small effect that may require a larger sample size to show.
Martinez-Caro Aguado, Belen, "Investigation of the Effect of Repetitive Eye Movements on Episodic Memory" (2016). Senior Theses.