Working memory is our operational memory. it has been defined as a cluster of processes that allows us to temporarily store and manipulate information. It also carries out complex cognitive tasks by reading, comprehension, learning and reasoning with information. It is a type of short term memory that can be likened to the Ram of a computer. The capacity of the working memory is limited, and it is an active memory – therefore, not only temporarily storing but also transforming our memory. The content within the working memory is always being updated.
This gives us the ability to keep information within reach while we carry out a task. Working to improve visual working memory will not only improve reading but will also improve mathematical abilities. In fact, improving visual memory will help improve attention too.
We have the ability to integrate new and known information because of our working memory. It is a cognitive skill used in the majority of our daily tasks; this is why developing with and training your working memory is important for all academic, occupational and professional tasks.
Working memory has two significant limitations. It can grasp only approximately seven items of distinct bits of information at a time. Secondly, it can hold this information for roughly ten seconds. If then, when reading, this critical moment in the working memory must be applied for decoding, no time is available for comprehension. This explains why poor readers spend hours on reading and rereading, first to properly decode what they are reading and then trying to add meaning to the text. Exercises within EyeBrainGym TM develops students’ perceptual accuracy, visual efficiency, visual accuracy and visual memory, subsequently enabling students to bypass decoding because words and word parts are automatically recognised as visual orthographic images from declarative and procedural memory. This then allows working memory to be fully utilized for comprehension purposes.
EyeBrainGym TM training exercises for working memory use brain plasticity as a basis. With EBG, we’ve developed a battery of individualised exercises designed to train working memory and other cognitive functions. We start with an assessment of working memory and other cognitive and visual functions. With the outcomes of this placement and other exercises, EBG will form a completely individualised training program. The neural networks in the brain grow stronger and more efficient with continual exercises. This is the reason constant training helps developing the brain structures that relate to working memory.
Based on your scores achieved, the solution will compile a personalised cognitive exercise to help you improve processing and contextual memory. Best implementation practises between 20 – 45 minutes twice weekly for 8 – 10 weeks to stimulate the neurons and cognitive processes.
Eye-Brain-Gym exercises where Working Memory is developed
Almost 90% of the exercises included within EyeBrainGymTM will develop your working memory in one way or the other.