Do you ever wonder why you can't remember something when you just saw it a moment ago? Well, the answer lies within the stages of memory. To be more precise, it's mainly the short term memory that's causing that. Short term memory is the second stage of The Three Stage Model. The STM is a cognitive workplace or in other words, it is a working memory system/ base. Within this stage, your memory last for 10- 15 seconds before the information fades. As for the capacity, it is 7 plus or minus 2 meaning that you remember 9 to 5 bits of information given an amount of time. Thus, in the STM capacity, it is restricted or has a limited of space explaining why we can't remember everything we saw within a given amount of time. So to make things easier for our brains and improve the STM, we get involved with CHUNK. Chunk means to regroup more than one thing making it easier to remember or regrouping it in ways that it is "meaningful" to you.
**TEST OUT USING CHUNK. First, look at the row of numbers below for a given amount of time then close your eyes or look away from the numbers and write as many numbers as you can from memory.
How many numbers did you get correct? If you got within the range of 5 to 9 then you just experience 7+/- and chunk. A way of using chunk in this case, look below
10/2011(month & year) 02/14(valentine's day) 10/22(homecoming ends) 09/06(first day of school) 10/24(psy final); see how easy that was!
During the memory lecture by Professor Fletcher, I was fascinated by what I learned about memory. To be more specific, the second stage of STM (short term memory) about "chunks" and how it can improve your memory. I have short term memory when it comes to remembering things, so that is one of the reason why I found CHUNK and 7+/- so interesting. Plus, during lecture we were experimenting with stage 2, and it was difficult at first but when Professor Fletcher showed us what CHUNK was, it was so EASY! Due to this, I believe I will use this method to enhance my memory. It just makes life a little easier.
What do you think about STM- stage 2 of The Three Stage Model?