Auditory-visual multisensory events enhance your memory

Dr. Pawel J. Matusz 


Imagine you witness a robbery. Will the fact that one of the robbers spoke whereas the other did not affect how you identify them in a police line-up? Auditory-visual multisensory events yield stronger memories, even when recalling exclusively visual aspects like faces. Are you or Jack a more reliable witness? This may depend on who is naturally better at integrating multisensory information. In a study published in Current Biology, we show that memory abilities can be predicted by how easily you put together auditory and visual information when it was first presented. This aptitude can be used to improve current teaching methods and also enhance training and rehabilitation strategies..