Can you pass this memory test? It'll tell you something about your brain - Baltimore


Can you pass this memory test? It’ll tell you something about your brain

Johns Hopkins researchers used the test to determine whether motion helps us remember. Give it a try.

Get ready to stretch your noggin.

(Public domain photo via Pixabay)

Johns Hopkins researchers published a paper that links a person’s memory of an object to how they see it move.

While their peers will read the paper in this month’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: General with great interest, the researchers at JHU’s Visual Thinking Lab also want to help you remember the concept, and see if it works.

So JHU devised a game:

The memory test in the game also happens to be part of the research study, which was co-authored by brain sciences professor Jonathan Flombaum and graduate student Mark Schurgin. According to the JHU Hub, they used a series of experiments to test whether motion helped people remember an object. Their results showed people had 20 percent better memories when objects moved in ways that our brains expect them to move.

Since it’s the year of AI, anything we learn about the brain could also help tech. Machines don’t yet have memories like we do, so Flombaum said the study also has implications for machine learning.

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