As we move into Week 2 and begin to dig deeper into cognition and learning, we see there are many important topics to discuss this week and in the weeks to follow! An intriguing topic that affects us all is that of memory. Working memory, which is often conflated with short-term memory (STM) is the topic of our discussion this week. Our course materials inform us of the limited capacity of the working memory and the need to essentially flip the data processed in immediately, transferring it into a meaningful information we can use to address the issues presented.
Let’s take a moment to review a great Ted Talks video with speaker Peter Doolittle (2013), who discusses the concept of working memory and how it influences our day to day activities.
Peter Doolittle: How your “working memory” makes sense of the world
The Working Memory tests provide us with an excellent opportunity to test our working memory capacity!
For this week’s discussion, complete the Working Capacity Demo provided in the link and finish the following tasks.
Doolittle, P. (2013, June). Peter Doolittle: How your “working memory” makes sense of the world [Video file].