Overview

Science Summary

Memory is your capacity to register, store and then later recall information [1].

Because of the way our brain is organized to minimize danger-maximize reward, we tend to register, store and recall information that has a personal significance to your - for instance, information that is associated with a strong feeling is remembered better than information that is considered not relevant to us. Indeed, better memory has been associated with better emotion processing [2,3].

We are also better at recalling emotionally significant information as we age, than we are at recalling general facts [4]. This improvement goes hand in hand with better emotional stability and regulation [5].

Short term memory (STM) store lasts from a couple of seconds to about 20 seconds [1]. On average, the brain can process about 7+2 chunks of information.

1. Tulving E and Donaldson W. (Eds.), (1972). New York: Academic Press.

2. Mathersul D et al. (2009). Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (in press)

3. Phelps EA. (2004). Neurobiology, 14, 198-202.

4. Carstensen LL, Lockenhoff CE, (2000). Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 1000, 152-179.

5. Williams LM et al.(2006). Journal of Neuroscience, 26, 6422 - 6430.

Thinking Skills
Sustained Attention

Flexibility

Controlled Attention

Inhibition

Executive Function

Processing Speed

Recall Memory

Working Memory

Motor Coordination

Emotion Skills
Identifying Emotions

Emotion Bias