Why pictures trigger buried memories faster than words

Human – and pigeon – brains are efficient at storing the essence of a picture Bird brain: pigeons also show a high level of recall with visual images – helpful for finding food. Photograph: Fehim Demir/EPA As you’ll have noticed, in our issue devoted to this year’s most memorable news images, there is an immediacy to a photograph that we can’t help but respond to. A picture can trigger a buried memory and recall a precise moment in time much more rapidly than words. But why exactly? Neuroscientists have known for many years that humans have an extraordinary ability to encode pictures. In one study, first carried out around 50 years ago and repeated since, people are shown 10,000 photographs and, a few days later, another 1,000 – half from…

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