Short-Term Memory

Memory Manor SignThe BBC showed a documentary on ‘How to Improve Your Memory‘ with a summary on the BBC Science and Nature website.

“Short-term memory is that part of memory corresponding to your active consciousness or awareness. (Mayer 2003) 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.” (Curriculum, Technology, & Education Reform (CTER) WikEd

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 and the W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) provides a collection of resources on  how people with disabilities use the web.