Three paragraph discussion question on short term memory loss.

Have you ever entered a room to retrieve an object, only to forget why you went into the room in the first place? Your short-term memory betrayed you.

Have you ever been introduced to several people in quick succession, instantly forgetting their names? Again, your short-term memory was to blame.

Short-term memory is limited in duration: Information retained for a period of seconds soon vanishes if not repeated or rehearsed. It is also limited in capacity: as new information enters your working memory buffer, previously stored items are displaced and lost, as can happen during introductions among groups of individuals. Finally short-term memory is susceptible to distraction. Unexpected stimuli, new scenes, or interjections can disrupt your train of thought.

For this Discussion, consider types of short-term memory. Think about strategies to improve short-term memory.

With these thoughts in mind:

Post by Day 4 an example of short-term memory loss that you have experienced. Then explain your short-term memory loss within the context of the working memory model. Finally, explain strategies you might use to improve your short-term memory function.

Be sure to support your postings and responses with specific references to the Learning Resources.



Resources you might want to use:

  • Baddeley, A. (2003). Working memory: Looking back and looking forward. Nature Reviews Neuroscience, 4(10), 829?839.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Richmond, L. L., Morrison, A. B., Chein, J. M., & Olson, I. R. (2011). Working memory training and transfer in older adults. Psychology and Aging, 26(4), 813?822.
    Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.
  • Jonides, J., Lewis, R. L., Nee, D. E., Lustig, C. A., Berman, M. G., & Moore, K. S. (2008). The mind and brain of short-term memory. Annual Review of Psychology, 59, 193?224.
    Jonides, J., Lewis, R. L., Nee, D. E., Lustig, C. A., Berman, M. G., & Moore, K. S. , The mind and brain of short-term memory, Annual Review of Psychology. Copyright 2007 Annual Reviews, Inc. Used with permission from Annual Reviews, Inc. via the Copyright Clearance Center.

Media

  • Laureate Education, Inc. (Executive Producer). (2012). Week 3: Short-term memory [Interactive multimedia]. Baltimore, MD: Author.

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