Blind People And Their Memory
Do blind people have better memories than those with "normal" eyesight? Maybe, at least according to a recent study provided by the journal of Current Biology. In this interesting study, researchers found people born blind tend to have superior memory skills when compared to their normal vision counterparts.
There are many reasons for this, at least in theory. Consider for example, how a blind person lives. Without sight, a person must rely on their other senses to experience the world. Our other senses, including our sense of smell, taste, sound and touch, leave fantastical imprints on our brains.
The more we remember, the better able we are to navigate the world in which we live.
How The Blind Remember Better
The study published in Current Biology suggests blind people tend to memorize more in the way of actions and routines than ordinary people do. Consider for example, the way in which a blind person must learn to navigate the world surrounding them.
They must for example, discover how to get from point A to point B safely. While most of us do not pay attention to our surroundings when traveling from here to there, someone that is blind is much more likely to play closer attention, using senses other than site.
These senses leave firm implants on their mind, improving their memory, and making them capable of achieving almost anything.
In this recent study, researchers tested memory among the blind and control subjects in multiple ways. Subjects for example, tested subject and item memory tasks, where they had to repeat words from a list read to them, and where they had to remember the order in which researchers repeated words to them.
Routine Is Key To Memory As Much As Sensory Experiences
The study proved test subjects congenitally blind or blind from birth, were more likely to answer most questions correctly than their sighted counterparts were. This can be because of many reasons. For one, blind people learn more tools for memory and cognizance. They may organize the sounds they hear into routines in their head, so they are better able to keep track of where they are and what they do.
Consider for example, a blind man at an intersection. If this is an intersection this person visits frequently, he will accustom himself to the sounds, smells, textures and noises surrounding him. Doing this daily, he eventually develops a routine. He learns routines; he memorizes routines for other tasks and events he has to participate in during his life.
This suggests that a blind person is not necessarily any smarter than anyone else is, but perhaps better at creating and memorizing routines, or ways of remembering patterns, to protect themselves and to help direct them while walking, going about their day, or working.
Memorizing Routines Crucial For Everybody Interested In Improving Their Memory
If you want to improve your memory, the quickest and simplest way to do it is to practice. Practice as they say, is the best way to develop new ways of learning and performing. When you practice routines, by nature you become more adept at them.
What may be even more important to memory is not the practice itself, but learning how to create associations and then create routines from these associations. You can practice every day. Try improving your memory by starting with something simple, like remembering the names of people you meet at a party.
Most of the time, when we meet people, we do not pay much attention when introduced, and that is one reason people find it so easy to forget someone's name. Therefore, the next time you meet someone, or a group of people, develop a routine or a way of remembering their names.
You may for example, put a sentence together for each person and speak his or her name aloud. "John, the guy with the green hat" you may say to yourself. When meeting John, make sure you say his name aloud, because by doing so, you also involve your sense of sound, which will have lasting impacts on your memory.
There are many ways you can improve your memory. Take advantage of what the blind have taught us, and engage your other skills to improve your life and your well-being.
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