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Your Right Ear Is Better At Hearing And Remembering

December 8, 2017

Having a hard time hearing someone or something? Lean in with your right ear! New research finds that people of all ages depend more on their right ear than their left, and remember information better if it comes through their right ear. The research came to this conclusion after people were brought in and given different auditory inputs between each ear. They were either supposed to pay attention only to the words, sentences, or numbers they heard in one ear while ignoring the other, or they were asked to repeat all the words they heard in both ears. They found that the harder the memory tests got, the more performance varied between the ears. While both ears performed equally when people were asked to remember only four or so words, when the number got higher, the difference between their abilities became more apparent. When asked to only focus on information coming through their right ear, people’s performance on the memory task increased by an average of 8%.

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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