The effects of saccadic bilateral(horizontal) eye movements on gist based false recognition was investigated. Following exposure to lists of words related to a critical but non-studied word participants were asked to engage in 30s of bilateral vs. vertical vs. no eye movements. Subsequent testing of recognition memory revealed that those who undertook bilateral eye movement were more likely to correctly recognise previously presented words and less likely to falsely recognise critical non-studied associates. This result joins other research in demenstrating the conditions in which false memory effects can be attenuated.
Andrew Parker, Neil Dagnall, “Effects of bilateral eye movements on gist based false recognition in the DRM paradigm“, Journal of Brain and Cognition:10.1016., 2006.