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Memory Manager

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 Is Your Memory Working for You?



What do your remember from the Remembering Overview page?

Write your thoughts on your Personal Page so you can review them later. 



Then, return to this page. 


Welcome Back.  



        Don't Overload


     The vehicle will break down



There is a lot of information on this page.



Don't try to process all of the information on the page at once. 


Work slowly through the sections and boxes. 


Try to think of ways to store the information in your LTM.


Remember that this page and all the other pages are


printable. Having a "hard copy" will help your STM and WM.










Look at the pictures below.  These pix are from  http://www.sxc.hu/lightboxes 


      1222377               28185               830112             1101338          1214091        Window sills. Day one sixty three. by rezanaghibi

             juggler                             workbench                               Filing System                    Directions/Lost                      Elephant              Write it down


Can you guess which memory space each picture represents.  There are two pixs for each memory space:  LTM, WM, STM   Find the answers at the bottom of the page.



 Your Memory Manager (sometimes called MetaMemory) has a big job. It has to plan, monitor, and evaluate stratgy choice and use.

^Memory Management

^Long Term Memory

^Working Memory

^Short Term Memory


Long Term Memory

The Memory Manager (MM) has to work on storage and retrieval of information/ideas or stories in LTM

If those LTM items were not stored in a way that makes them strong and easy to find, you will have a hard time retrievingthem.  You'll learn more about LTM from looking at the Memory Strategies page.

Examples of LTM:  Essay on Global Warming, overview  of a Chapter on the American Revolution, The story of Goldilocks, a schema for "restaurant."  These give you the Big Picture and some of the details.


Working Memory 

^The MM has to plan, monitor and evaluate the strategies you use to make sure your Working Memory (WM) is actually working so that you can pay attention to a few items at a time. WM you might remember has limited space. Some psychologists say that adults (over 18) can hold on to between 5 and 9 "items" at a time.  So, as an adolescent, the WM span might be 3-5 "items."  For your WM to work, it has to be able to pay attention to

(a) "items" of information from LTM and

(b) "items" of information from STM, and

(c) the operation or problem solving "items" it is trying to work out, and

(d) ignore irrelevant information from capturing or highjacking your attention.

(e)   manage this whole memory system.

Your learn more about WM on the WM  strategies page.  It will be really important to learn what is meant by "item."

Examples of WM:  Taking notes on a class lecture, solving math problems for homework, comparing opinions on the editorial pages of a newspaper, trying to apply the directions for embedding a plugin on your wiki.


Short Term Memory 

^The MM has to plan, monitor, and evaluate strategies for keeping memories in Short Term Memory (STM) long enough to use them.  Short term memory is really short...a few second.  So, you have to do something with that information to keep it active. Have you ever tried to remember a 10 digit (long distance) telephone number, directions (for an assignment or how to get some place.)  Those are examples of short term memory.  If there are more than a few "items" you'll need to keep repeating them to yourself (rehearing them) or write them down to "hold" onto them.



So,  if you want your memory to work for you, you need to tune into your metamemory and take charge. 


Here's a little test of Memory Management. 


Copy and Paste the Qs into  your Personal Pages under the title of Memory Management test. 

Don't forget to use the Assignment Format template.



1.  Was there too much information on the page to keep it all in STM?  If so, what did you do?


2.  Did you have any information in LTM that helped you to "hold on to" the information on this page?  What was that?


3.  If I asked you to summarize the information on this page, would that be a STM or a WM task?  Why?


4.  Were you thinking about how your memory worked as you tried to answer these questions?  Was the "thinking about" an example of MM, LTM, WM, or STM?  Why?





Answers to pix quiz: 

LTM:  filing cabinet  (organized folders) and elephant (elephants never forget);

WM:  juggler (how many "Items" can you keep active on the workbench) and workbench (place where you do mental work based on information from LTM and STM; 

STM:   Directions/Lost  (typing STM task, easy to forget directions) and Write it down (a strategy for holding on to "items" in STM.  Do those answers make sense to you.






Memory Overview

LTM Strategies

WM Strategies

STM Strategies


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