Our memory records physical sensations

Memory is the faculty of the mind by which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. A new research in cognitive science suggests that our memory also records physical sensations as part of the words stored. According to a study published in research journal ‘PLOS One’, similar to an entry in a reference book, the brain records a word like ‘whisk’, associating it with concepts such as ‘inanimate’ and ‘kitchen device’. In addition to this, the brain connects the word to one’s own experience—how a whisk feels, for instance, and that a spinning motion is related to it, the researchers said. The study was conducted with 28 participants, and it was found that when the study participants had to grasp an object while reading, their brain processed parts of the meaning of the words earlier than in previous studies in which words were evaluated without something being gripped.

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