Reduced misinformation effects following saccadic bilateral eye movements

Brain Cogn. 2009 Feb;69(1):89-97. doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2008.05.009. Epub 2008 Jul 16.


The effects of saccadic bilateral (horizontal) eye movements on memory for a visual event narrative were investigated. In the study phase, participants were exposed to a set of pictures accompanied by a verbal commentary describing the events depicted in the pictures. Next, the participants were asked either misleading or control questions about the depicted event and were then asked to engage in 30s of bilateral vs. vertical vs. no eye movements. Finally, recognition memory was tested using the remember-know procedure. It was found that bilateral eye movements increased true memory for the event, increased recollection, and decreased the magnitude of the misinformation effect. The findings are discussed in terms of source monitoring, dual-process theories of memory and the potential neural foundations of such effects.

MeSH terms

  • Analysis of Variance
  • Communication*
  • Humans
  • Memory*
  • Recognition, Psychology*
  • Saccades*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Visual Perception*