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Point-and-shoot memories: The influence of taking photos on memory for a museum tour

In a new study published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Linda Henkel, professor of psychology, found that museum-goers who take photos of works of art while on tour had worse memory for the objects and for specific object details. “People so often whip out their cameras almost mindlessly to capture a moment, to the point that they are missing what is happening right in front of them,” she said.

Published in Psychological Science and posted on Medical Xpress, ANSA.it, Science.ORF.at, Spiegel Online, Press-News.org, and Australasian Science on 12/9/13

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