This blog is all about how I how used humor to remain sane while dealing with the insanity of a brain tumor the size of my wife’s fist. Why blog? To help other folks cope with serious health issues/brain tumors/cancer and give anybody wading through the muck of rehabilitation some hope or at least a chuckle or two. It will include a vaguely chronological story, books reviews, presentations to rehab patients, etc.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
My Working Memory Isn’t Working
I don’t know why, but my working memory isn’t working very well.
When I first read about “working memory” I was confused.What is a “working” memory and how is that different from a plain old common found-around-the-house memory?
Well, for starters, according to the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, “The term working memory refers to a brain system that provides temporary storage and manipulation of the information necessary for such complex cognitive tasks as language comprehension, learning, and reasoning.”
I think of it as the difference between being able to remember that Al Kaline played right field for the Detroit Tigers in the 1960s, and being able to remember the phone number I looked up just before receiving a phone call.
In addition to mentioning the part about temporary storage and manipulation of data, Lumosity - www.lumosity.com - points out that “It is critical for keeping your train of thought, making a point, and generally figuring things out. It has also been linked to aspects of fluid intelligence.” Lumosity goes on to say that working memory is important for:
Learning and reasoning
IQ and intelligence
Working with information in your head
They have three games that really focus on working memory:
Memory Match Overload
They aren’t my favorite games, but they are they weak points that I need to work on. So I am (even though I rather play another game of Word Bubbles).