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Can clenching fists improve memory ?

Posted on Saturday, 27 April, 2013 | Comment icon 16 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A new study has discovered that simply clenching your fists can have a positive effect on memory.

The unexpected revelation came after an experiment was conducted in which 50 volunteers attempted to recall a long list of words. Researchers found that those who clenched their fists for 90 seconds beforehand were consistently able to remember more of the words than those who didn't. It is thought that this action helps to activate specific brain regions associated with memory processing.

"Clenching your right hand immediately prior to learning information and clenching your left hand immediately before recalling it would be helpful to improve memory," said lead scientist Dr. Ruth Propper.

"Memory can be improved simply by clenching the fists, a study suggests."

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Comment icon #7 Posted by seeder on 27 April, 2013, 16:28
haha yeh I can see your point, even tho Im an ex boxer...
Comment icon #8 Posted by ancient astronaut on 27 April, 2013, 20:44
I usually clench my fist when I am waiving at someone.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Mr Right Wing on 27 April, 2013, 20:56
Two minutes of hoping between legs each day does something similar. The motor/coordination cells in your brain rewire themselves into your memory circuits allowing you to hop between legs better. It takes about two weeks to see gains but leads to an increased ability to remember. If you try remembering numbers at the start you'll find you can only remember about six. Afterwards you'll be able to remember 15+
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 27 April, 2013, 21:12
No wonder I remember my-ex when I clench my fist. :w00t:
Comment icon #11 Posted by stevemagegod on 28 April, 2013, 4:28
Interesting. So i guess people who get into fights a lot remember when they got there ass kicked, and when they did the ass kicking.
Comment icon #12 Posted by csspwns on 29 April, 2013, 1:41
You know profanity gets you banned right?
Comment icon #13 Posted by JonK on 29 April, 2013, 14:36
i've just happened to begin clinching my fists (to make my wrists stronger) about 1 or 2 weeks ago from now.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Frank Merton on 29 April, 2013, 14:48
The Vietnamese theory of learning is lots and lots of rote memorization. We get good at it, and I can remember paragraphs of stuff I memorized in my teens, but which in the present political system I should try to forget. It's a debate: the ability to quickly memorize large amounts of stuff is sometimes but not very often useful, and almost none of the stuff I memorized is useful at all, except of course the times tables, oh, and that the capital of Brazil is Rio de Janerio, but then they changed that, didn't they?
Comment icon #15 Posted by FlyingAngel on 5 June, 2013, 12:09
It's the power of suggestion. People who clench fist memorize faster because they are told clenching fist would make it better. It's like telling a patient to take a pill so he will recover faster when it's actually just a placebo pill-like piece of sugar
Comment icon #16 Posted by Eldorado on 30 July, 2013, 12:41
Tell it to Muhammad Ali et al.

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