December 16, 2022, 14:34 – Public News Service – OSN

Scientists from the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology named a useful habit that can improve memory and keep it for many years. The results of the study were published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology.

Experts conducted an experiment that proved that such a habit as reading helps not only to relax and cheer up, but also improve memory performance. The authors of the study also teamed up with the staff of a local American library to create a selection of books that will captivate readers.

The experiment involved 76 elderly people. The participants were divided into two groups. The first was given tablets, on which books recommended for reading were downloaded in advance. The second group received tablets with games that included word puzzles. Participants of the first team spent 90 minutes reading books for 5 days, and the second team spent the same amount of time solving puzzles.

Throughout the experiment, volunteers were tested for cognitive skills, and by the end of the study, experts concluded that the group that read had higher scores. Researcher at the Beckman Institute Liz Stein-Morrow She clarified that really engaging reading is healthy and helps develop the mental abilities that reading depends on.

The reading participants had improved working and episodic memory, moreover, these participants showed a more balanced state and high self-confidence.

Stein-Morrow also said that there is literature that demonstrates that there is a connection between working and long-term memory, as well as language understanding. “It appears that working memory declines with age, but there are many subtleties and differences, especially among older people,” the expert added.

Previously, psychologists have named ways to help deal with emotional burnout. Read more about this in material public news service.