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your working memory in ten minutes

Peter Doolittle's TED talk explaining how your "Working" Memory makes sense of the world, including how to remember what you were looking for, how to get the most out of your mind in the current moment, and the best ways to process what you are reading.





A few tidbits about your working memory that aren't included in the above video (all are quoted from Matlin's Cognition (avail), which I highly recommend if you are interested in learning about memory, problem-solving, and creativity. It is the textbook I use for my juniors and seniors in collegiate cognitive psychology classes:

  • Working memory is the brief, immediate mem- ory for the limited amount of material that you are currently processing; part of working memory also actively coordinates your ongoing mental activities. In other words, working memory lets you keep a few itemsactive and accessible, so that you can use them for a wide variety of cognitive tasks (Baddeley, 2007; Baddeley et al., 2009; Hassin, 2005; Pickering, 2006b).
  • You are reading this to yourself using the phonological loop of your working memory. Working memory (originally called short-term memory) is the very brief, immediate memory for material that we are currently processing.
  • Working memory (originally called short-term memory) is the very brief, immediate memory for material that we are currently processing.



a book about working memory activities