Summary of “How Taking Photos Affects Your Memory of the Moment Later On”

Half of the participants were given cameras and told to take at least ten photos.
That doesn’t mean that taking photos is always the best way to remember a moment, though.
In 2014, Linda Henkel, a psychologist at Fairfield University, published a similar study in Psychological Science, asking 27 participants to visit a museum and take photos of half of the objects.
According to the “Offloading” theory, participants who believed their photos would be saved would remember less because they would “Offload” the information, knowing that they could refer back to their photos.
Diehl thinks that the outcome might have something to do with the motivation for taking photos: While we might write down information on a piece of paper to get it out of our brains, we photograph people, experiences, and objects for the opposite purpose – because we want to capture a moment that is meaningful to us.
In a separate study of Diehl’s published last year in the journal Attitudes and Social Cognition, the same group of researchers used an eye-tracking system on 51 visitors to an archaeology museum; participants who were asked to take photos of the exhibit spent more time looking at the artifacts, and looked at them more often.
In their most recent study, the team found that participants who imagined taking photos recalled visual information just as well as participants who took actual photographs.
Diehl and her colleagues found in their most recent study that even though people who took photos remembered visual information better, they were more likely to forget the information they learned in their audio guide when quizzed about it later.

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