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Relationship between relaxation by guided imagery and performance of working memory.

15 Aug
Relationship between relaxation by guided imagery and performance of working memory.
A link between guided imagery and memory function was tentatively established in a February, 2000 pilot study by Hudetz, Hudetz and Klayman of the Department of Anesthesiology, Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Thirty volunteers, ages 17-56, were randomly assigned to one of three groups and administered the WAIS-III Letter-Number Sequencing Test before and after a 10-min. treatment with either guided imagery or popular music. The control group received no intervention. The test scores among the subjects were not significantly different between the 3 groups before treatment. However, memory scores improved after the 10 minute guided imagery session; but not with popular music nor with the control group. This study suggests that human information processing can be enhanced by prior relaxation, and implies that it might be a good idea to consciously use the imagination to relax for a few minutes before approaching a task that requires a lot of working memory.

Citation: Hudetz JA, Hudetz AG, Klayman J. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Relationship between relaxation by guided imagery and performance of working memory. Psychol Rep 2000 Feb; 86(1):15-20.
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award