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Short Term Memory

Short-term memory (or "primary" or "active memory") is the capacity for holding  information in mind in an active, readily available state for a short period of time. The duration of short-term memory (when rehearsal or active maintenance is prevented) is believed to be in the order of seconds. How many unrelated items can be stored in short term memory

Sequence recollection 

Position within a list

  • Ask students to close their computers and mobile devices.  Turn off the display monitor so students will not see the terms you are reading. 
  • Slowly read this list of terms and ask students to write down the terms they remember after all terms have been read.
  • Ask students to indicate the terms they recalled using this form
  • Examine the class data and summary data.  In the quickwrite, describe the patterns (in terms of position within the list) you observe in terms of which terms are remembered the most frequently and which are remembered the least.
  • Is class data consistent with the serial position effect?


  • Discuss the significance of these three tests and their results using your class quick write.