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Questions tagged [short-term-memory]

For questions about working memory, testing its capabilities/capacity, and underlying anatomical substrates

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Can overload of information affect short term memory?

Can stress affect short term memory? If one is overloaded with a lot of information, can their short term memory be affected?
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When someone consumes finasteride, what happens neurophysiologically and what mental functions / faculties are altered?

Finasteride is a medication used to treat androgenetic alopecia (male pattern baldness) and enlarged prostates. Reported side effects include male breast enlargement, lowered sex drive, and headaches (...
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Is memory like a hard drive that can run out of space? [duplicate]

In popular culture it's common to speak of the brain as a kind of hard drive with finite space where information is stored, can be retrieved, and which can eventually be "full". Of course, that's a ...
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Are you allowed to talk during digit span tests?

Are you allowed to talk during digit span tests, e.g. saying the numbers? Just occurred to me I'd be a lot better at it if I could.
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Research showing short-term memory interferes with motor planning

Has research shown that keeping information in short-term memory, like two words or two numbers, make planning and completing a physical task more difficult?
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How many items in a list can a human create without repetition?

Consider the question "Name as many animals as you can." An average person could no doubt list off about 20-30 animals without repetition. This is odd seeing as we have a 7-9 item maximum short term ...
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Link between visual-spatial + verbal working memory and intelligence/academic achievement?

What is the link between someone's visual and spatial working memory, their verbal working memory, and different types of cognitive abilities or tasks? More specifically, intelligence tests (WAIS, ...
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Ligand-gated ion channels as operators

Isn't there a perfect analogy between ligand-gated and voltage-gated ion channels considered (mathematically) as (non-linear) operators, mapping one function (of time) to another one? Voltage-gated ...
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Memory, repetition, and related tasks [duplicate]

Say I set out to do task A. What is known about whether or not repeatedly performing tasks not identical but 'related' to task A is correlated with improved ability to perform task A? Naturally this ...
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identifying scale of measurement for the dependent variable [closed]

I am doing a research study on short-term memory. My research study will be whether gender has an impact on short term memory for college students. I need help identifying the scale of measurement for ...
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Chunking: more chunks or more items?

I'm working on a game that's designed to exercise the player's short-term memory. In the core game loop, I present the user with a random set of items (anywhere from 3 to 30), and after they click ...
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Is our memory accumulative or replacive? [closed]

While cramming, many times we tend to remember present experiences and to forget the past ones. It seems that our present experiences replace the past ones. However, in physical activities like ...
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How accurate is this graph about learning curve and spaced repetition system?

This graph is taken from the article from Wired about Piotr Woźniak and his spaced repetition learning software SuperMemo: Want to Remember Everything You'll Ever Learn? Surrender to This Algorithm ...
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Can drastic changes in stress levels impact long-term memory? [closed]

Can going from a highly intensive and stressful environment to one which is calm and relaxed impact long-term memory or, specifically, one's ability to easily recall information? For example, I have ...
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Cognitive Models of learning Working Memory usage

Recently in deep learning, there's been a surge in learning how to use memories as part of the optimisation process (i.e. LSTM's and Stacks). However, these aren't really analogous to how a cognitive ...
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Best ways to improve memory

I've once watched a movie in which CIA agent went into a room just for a few seconds and on the next day he could recall every detail of that room, including what was on the monitors. And I am ...
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What's the difference between short term memory and working memory? [duplicate]

What's the difference between short term memory and working memory? and how does the process work?
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Why do I forget important things and remember things that I don't care about?

Why do I forget things that I want to remember? And when I forget them, I seem to remember small details that aren't so important. I might forget what the main topic of a YouTube video is, but I can ...
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Number of exercises and the learning of some subject?

For example, I show to my students that XY=Z, so I ask for them to do some exercises, so in the future, they will always know that XY=Z. Is there any known study relating the numbers of exercises ...
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Is it possible for a person to have anterograde amnesia and be aware of it?

In "Memento" the main character has got anterograde amnesia, but he's aware of it. Is it even possible and how, if it is? Compare it to "50 First Dates" — the heroine is not aware of her ...
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Does dream recall alter the dreaming process?

I've encountered the following phenomenon : within a single night of starting a dream journal again, my dreams became more numerous, recall improved and I'm waking up after each sleep cycle except the ...
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What is the data structure used by the brain to store data?

As a computer science undergraduate I was wondering if there are any special data structures used by the brain to save data? I am especially interested in the hash tables data structure. If data are ...
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Does stress impair your short term memory?

I have noticed frequently, when in a very stressful situation (particularly emotional stress), I will forget things very quickly. To give an example: Recently, I got in a heated argument with a ...
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What brain regions are activated when a dream is remembered?

Some people remember dreams, others don't. The same person can wake up with dream recall one day and without on other days. I know that the association between REM sleep and dreaming was initially ...
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What percentage of systematic data starts to be considered random

There is a set of 100 different objects in a box. I pull out 99 of them randomly and place them on a table and ask a person to take a look, then I put all objects back into the box. After a short (5 ...
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Enhance recollection abilites

I hope this is a good way of asking this question. I am not generally the guy with the best memory out there, so I looked a bit into it and I am concluding my recollection phase is the weakest. It's ...
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What are the reliable and valid test to measure working memory? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to reliably measure working memory capacity? I am currently doing my thesis on how different types of music affect the cognitive performance more specifically working ...
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How to reliably measure working memory capacity?

The capacity of human working memory is subject to individual differences. The number of items or chunks a person can retain in their memory may, have profound effects on a variety of other cognitive ...
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Does typical duration of Short Term Memory differ between tasks?

The duration of Short Term Memory is a fuzzy thing; Wikipedia notes several disputes over it's length and I recently alluded to this fuzziness myself. However, I wonder if part of the apparently ...