Short-Term Memory

memory game with cardsA BBC article (2018) called “A surprisingly potent technique can boost your short and long-term recall – and it appears to help everyone from students to Alzheimer’s patients.” encourages us to take 10-15 minutes of quiet contemplation to improve our memory.

Short-term memory is that part of memory corresponding to your active consciousness or awareness. Your short term memory is a system for temporarily storing and managing information required to carry out complex cognitive tasks such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension. A portion of short term memory can be used for performing mental manipulations such as mental arithmetic – this portion is referred to as working memory. The storage of information in short term memory is limited and only lasts a short amount of time. (Mayer 2003)

There may be links between poor short-term memory and dyslexia, specific learning difficulties, learning differences or learning disabilities affecting written language skills, retention of information and recall.

SCIPS – impact of memory and recall difficulties on learning and teaching with strategies and the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides a collection of resources on  how people with disabilities use the web.