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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 has four basic coptnnomes. It allows us to sorte some immediate eneeceiprxs and a little bit of knowledge. It allows us to reach back into our long-term memory and pull some of that in as we need it, mixes it, processes it in light of whatever our current goal is. Now the current goal isn't something like, I want to be president or the best surfer in the world. It's more mundane. I'd like that cookie, or I need to figure out how to get into my hotel room. Now working memory capacity is our ability to leverage that, our ability to take what we know and what we can hang onto and leaervge it in ways that allow us to sfatsiy our cerurnt goal.

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Now working memory has four basic __________. It allows us to _____ some immediate ___________ and a little bit of knowledge. It allows us to reach back into our long-term memory and pull some of that in as we need it, mixes it, processes it in light of whatever our current goal is. Now the current goal isn't something like, I want to be president or the best surfer in the world. It's more mundane. I'd like that cookie, or I need to figure out how to get into my hotel room. Now working memory capacity is our ability to leverage that, our ability to take what we know and what we can hang onto and ________ it in ways that allow us to _______ our _______ goal.

Solution

  1. current
  2. satisfy
  3. components
  4. leverage
  5. store
  6. experiences

Original Text

Now working memory has four basic components. It allows us to store some immediate experiences and a little bit of knowledge. It allows us to reach back into our long-term memory and pull some of that in as we need it, mixes it, processes it in light of whatever our current goal is. Now the current goal isn't something like, I want to be president or the best surfer in the world. It's more mundane. I'd like that cookie, or I need to figure out how to get into my hotel room. Now working memory capacity is our ability to leverage that, our ability to take what we know and what we can hang onto and leverage it in ways that allow us to satisfy our current goal.

Frequently Occurring Word Combinations

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memory capacity 5
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Important Words

  1. ability
  2. basic
  3. bit
  4. capacity
  5. components
  6. cookie
  7. current
  8. experiences
  9. figure
  10. goal
  11. hang
  12. hotel
  13. knowledge
  14. leverage
  15. light
  16. memory
  17. mixes
  18. mundane
  19. president
  20. processes
  21. pull
  22. reach
  23. room
  24. satisfy
  25. store
  26. surfer
  27. ways
  28. working
  29. world