The Hush Post | 16:00 pm | two-minute-read
It’s strange but true. Walking backwards can enhance your memory. Experts from the University of Roehampton found a similar effect in five different variations of an experiment. They asked 114 participants to watch a video in which a woman had her bag stolen and then answer a questionnaire about what they recalled.
After watching the video, participants were split into groups – one was told to walk forwards or backwards 30 feet (10m). While one controlled group stood in one place or did not walk at all. They were then asked twenty questions about the events in the video. It was found that the backwards-walking group got more right answers on an average than the forward-walkers and the non-walkers.
One of them involved a similar procedure but tested how many words the volunteers could recall from a list.
In others, participants simply imagined moving forwards or backwards or watched a video filmed on a train, which created the impression of moving forwards or backwards.
In these scenarios, the backwards group or those who imagined walking backwards got the most answers correct.
It is still not clear why the movment, real or imagined, should improve our access to memories but Dr Aksentijevic, a researcher at the University said further research will throw more light on as well as how to use it to the benefits of human beings.