Food in my mind!

Research shows that eating remains much more in our minds than other activities, and this leads to a rethinking of how memory prioritizes different experiences.

We already know that memory can affect “how much” we eat. For example, thinking about what we eat makes us feel more full, so we eat less at our next meal. However, the phenomenon that eating is better remembered than other actions has not yet been fully confirmed.

To test this, Benjamin Seitz and his team at the University of California asked 159 men and women to eat 30 sweets from a bowl while watching video on a screen surrounded by different symbols. This time, they were asked to mimic the candies with mimics as if they had eaten the candies by moving them from the bowl to an opaque jar. Finally, this time, plastic beads were used instead of confectionery. The participants were not initially told how many candies or beads were in the bowl.

People thought that they ate an average of 20 candies but the number of beads they carried was 15. How well they remembered the video and the icons was the same in all three tasks. However, the act of eating could be predicted more accurately.

But it is still a mystery why we remember eating better than other activities. Nevertheless, there is a guess: Our memory may be notching while we eat. Or there may be other regions in the brain for this evolutionary mission. Leyse If so, there may be deficiencies in existing memory models that do not take into account the biological significance of different behaviors, Se says Seitz.

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