Facebook use is linked to higher intelligence in teenagers. Researchers found that the longer the duration of Facebook membership, the better the test scores in working memory, verbal IQ, and spelling. Read More
As you get ready with new backpacks, pencils, and other important school supplies, don’t forget the important learning tool—Working Memory.
Working Memory is our ability to work with information. It helps students focus to complete classroom activities, and inhibit distracting information, and keep track of where they are in a multistep task. Read More
When it comes to learning success, does it matter if a student is a verbalizer or visualizer? What about whether they are a wholistic thinker or an analytic thinker? Find out in a study looking at test scores of high school students. Read More
A recent article in the NYT on testing for giftedness suggests that the test scores let in the well-prepared students rather than those who are “gifted”. This made me wonder: What are we testing when we test for "giftedness"? Test taking skills or an ability to think creatively and innovatively? Read More
Working memory has also been described as a ‘controller’, a cognitive resource that can keep a goal in mind, bring in cognitive resources from different parts of the brain, and also manage incoming information. Read More
Working memory is critical for many activities at school, from complex subjects such as reading comprehension, mental arithmetic, and word problems to simple tasks like copying from the board and navigating the halls. We have a limited space for processing information, and the size of various individuals' working memory capacity can vary greatly. Read More
Jacob's mother writes that ‘Jacob, 10-years-old, still struggles with number bonds to 10. Learning to tell the time is still slow - he has not mastered half-past. Although he managed to learn his 5x tables because we practiced all summer, this has now gone'. Read More
This is the question that I was asked this week on BBC Radio. A recent study from researchers at Columbia University found that people are less likely to remember what they read online, but they could remember where they read it.
These questions were raised: Is this a good thing? Are computers making us lazy? Are we reluctant to think for ourselves when you can Google it? Read More
The topic of medicating individuals with ADHD is still controversial. That is why I am always interested when research on this topic is published. I was recently asked to write a commentary on one such article that will appear in ‘Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology'. Read More
Working memory is the ability to hold information in your head and manipulate it mentally. You use this mental workspace when adding up two numbers spoken to you by someone else without being able to use pen and paper or a calculator. Read More
Tracy Packiam Alloway, Ph.D., is the Director of the Center for Memory and Learning in the Lifespan at the University of Stirling, UK.