Memory is one of those cognitive resources that we often trust far more than we should. Evidence from psychology experiments have indicated that our confidence in recalling details of an event is not a worthy indicator of the accuracy of those details. Imagine the implications for courtroom situations that rely on eye-witnesses or even remembering to turn off the stove!
Working memory is a type of memory system that keeps critical information readily available. To give an example, as you are reading this sentence, your working memory is keeping the words you’ve already read at hand so that by the time you reach the end of the sentence, everything makes sense! (What a mouthful! 🙂 ).
Try this working memory test for yourself to give your brain a challenge!
- Mindfulness improves reading ability, working memory, and task-focus (eurekalert.org)
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- A New Study By CogniFit Finds That Individuals Can Triple Their Cognitive Benefits When Brain Training Continuously Over 6 Months (prweb.com)
- Working on Working Memory (janegoodallcanadablog.org)