Can Saccadic Eye Movements (SIRE Effects) Enhance Implicit and Explicit Memory?
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Can Saccadic Eye Movements (SIRE Effects) Enhance Implicit and Explicit Memory?

Contemporary experimental memory research has found an intriguing way to enhance mnemonic performance. Starting with Steven Christman and colleagues at the University of Toledo in 2003, investigations have established that goal-directed horizontal saccades (rapid, jerky eye movements) towards a moving target on a computer screen improves recall of subsequently learned material. Theorists often refer to this as the SIRE effect (Saccade Induced Retrieval Enhancement), after Lyle & Martin (2010). Consideration of relevant literature reveals that enhanced memory occurs across a...

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