Short-Term Memory: How STM Works


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Raj is asked to remember a list of eight words. When tested on the words later, he can only remember the first three words on the list. Raj's results reflect which phenomenon from short-term memory?

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1. Stacy is asked to remember a list of eight words. When she takes the test later, she only remembers the last two words that appeared at the end of the list. Stacy's results reflect which phenomenon from short-term memory?

2. According to research, how many pieces of information can be used by short-term memory at any given time?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet addresses topics related to short-term memory. Some of the questions included in the quiz will ask you to supply the correct description of a given example and also to choose the sense most frequently used by short-term memory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Students will be quizzed on the following information:

  • Short-term memory phenomena
  • Number of pieces of information used by short-term memory at a given time
  • Most frequently used sense utilized by short-term memory
  • The serial position curve

Skills Practiced

Students who take this quiz will be sharpening the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - pull the key facts from the lesson on short-term memory
  • Making connections - use understanding of primacy
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast main topics, such as primacy and recency

Additional Learning

For more information on this topic, take a look at the accompanying lesson called Short-Term Memory: How STM Works. It will meet these goals and objectives:

  • Define terms such as short-term memory
  • Understand the storage capacity of short term memory
  • Learn about the serial position curve
  • Differentiate between primacy and recency
  • Describe the 'seven, plus or minus two' theory