If you need another reason to indulge in your passion for photography, how about your health? A study conducted at the University of Texas showed that photography may actually help improve your memory. The researchers tested groups of senior citizens over time; one group engaged in simple social activities, while another learned a new skill, i.e. photography. During the study, the participants learned how to use a digital camera and editing software. Researchers found that the participants that engaged in the more mentally challenging activities, like digital photography, actually improved their memory while the group that focused on less challenging social activities did not.
Here’s what Dr. Denise Park had to say about the study:
“It seems it is not enough just to get out and do something—it is important to get out and do something unfamiliar and mentally challenging. When you are inside your comfort zone, you may be outside of the enhancement zone. What if engaging in fun, but challenging mental activities could slow the rate at which your brain ages? Although we don’t know now if this is true, we will study our participants for years to see if the cognitive enhancement effects persist. Maybe through our own activities, we can add a year of high-quality life and independence.”
Unfortunately for expert photographers, researchers believe it’s learning something new that creates the mental challenge leading to improved memory. Read the full story here.
Source: University Herald, Stephan Adkins. Photo by Ben Earwicker, Garrison Photography, Boise, ID