The Role of Photography on Psyche and Behavior

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Henkel's interest leads to a study exploring influences of photography on memories of a museum tour, testing effects of viewing conditions on memory measures. Henkel's (2013) study is designed to determine if photographing objects effects recall of object features and location. Participants were given a guided tour of a museum, and either observed or photographed objects. If photographs were zoomed, more details about the object and location were recalled compared to observation and photography; while photographing the object as a whole produced lower recall of detail and location than observation. The results suggest a photo-taking-impairment effect, and key difference between people's and camera memory. The additional cognitive and attentional activity produced by focussing may null this effect. Reference to the role in episodic memory retrieval photography plays is evident, while acknowledging dearth of research. Henkel (2013) acknowledges studies used passive camera event logging, with review increasing retention and cognition in neurologically impaired and healthy individuals (Berry et al., 2007; Loveday & Conway, 2011). The author demonstrates studies of deliberate photography focus on organisational structure of time and events relative to autobiographical retention (Burt, Kemp, & Conway, 2003, 2008; Kemp, Burt, &…
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