Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Short Term Memory

I thought I would post a blog about short term memory. Short term memory or sometimes referred to as working memory is a system for temporarily  storing and managing information to carry out larger tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. A common test for short term memory is someone's memory span or their ability to remember a short list of words or numbers, an examiner reads the subject a sequence of numbers one per second then asks the person to recite them back in the same exact order. The average memory span for the normal adult is 7 items. Your short term memory can only hold about seven items for no longer than 20-30 seconds. People use different strategies to help expand their short term memory. Chunking is a popular technique where information is chunked into groups, making it easier to remember the information by their groups rather than each piece by itself. The groups can also act as cues to aid you in remembering  what items are in each group.

The Short Term Memory Checker

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