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"From the Ted Talk by Peter Doolittle: How your "working memory" makes sense of the world"

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Now working memory is great for allowing us to communicate. We can have a convrsiaoten, and I can build a narrative around that so I know where we've been and where we're going and how to contribute to this conversation. It allows us to problem-solve, critical think. We can be in the middle of a meeting, ltisen to somebody's presentation, evaluate it, decide whether or not we like it, ask follow-up questions. All of that occurs within working memory. It also allows us to go to the store and allows us to get milk and eggs and cheese when what we're really looking for is Red Bull and bacon. (Laughter) Gotta make sure we're getting what we're looking for. Now, a central issue with working mmeory is that it's limited. It's limited in cpaatciy, leitmid in duration, limited in focus. We tend to remember about four things. Okay? It used to be seven, but with foutanncil MRIs, arpletnapy it's four, and we were overachieving. Now we can remember those four things for about 10 to 20 sndcoes unless we do something with it, unless we process it, unless we apply it to something, unless we talk to somebody about it.

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Now working memory is great for allowing us to communicate. We can have a ____________, and I can build a narrative around that so I know where we've been and where we're going and how to contribute to this conversation. It allows us to problem-solve, critical think. We can be in the middle of a meeting, ______ to somebody's presentation, evaluate it, decide whether or not we like it, ask follow-up questions. All of that occurs within working memory. It also allows us to go to the store and allows us to get milk and eggs and cheese when what we're really looking for is Red Bull and bacon. (Laughter) Gotta make sure we're getting what we're looking for. Now, a central issue with working ______ is that it's limited. It's limited in ________, _______ in duration, limited in focus. We tend to remember about four things. Okay? It used to be seven, but with __________ MRIs, __________ it's four, and we were overachieving. Now we can remember those four things for about 10 to 20 _______ unless we do something with it, unless we process it, unless we apply it to something, unless we talk to somebody about it.

Solution

  1. limited
  2. capacity
  3. seconds
  4. functional
  5. conversation
  6. memory
  7. apparently
  8. listen

Original Text

Now working memory is great for allowing us to communicate. We can have a conversation, and I can build a narrative around that so I know where we've been and where we're going and how to contribute to this conversation. It allows us to problem-solve, critical think. We can be in the middle of a meeting, listen to somebody's presentation, evaluate it, decide whether or not we like it, ask follow-up questions. All of that occurs within working memory. It also allows us to go to the store and allows us to get milk and eggs and cheese when what we're really looking for is Red Bull and bacon. (Laughter) Gotta make sure we're getting what we're looking for. Now, a central issue with working memory is that it's limited. It's limited in capacity, limited in duration, limited in focus. We tend to remember about four things. Okay? It used to be seven, but with functional MRIs, apparently it's four, and we were overachieving. Now we can remember those four things for about 10 to 20 seconds unless we do something with it, unless we process it, unless we apply it to something, unless we talk to somebody about it.

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