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Facebook Benefits The Working Memory

by Tanya Thomas on  September 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM General Health News   - G J E 4
 Facebook Benefits The Working Memory
An expert has recommended that social networking sites, like Facebook, will benefit your working memory.

Dr. Tracy Alloway, a psychologist at Stirling University, says that working memory - the ability to recall things over a short period of time - could be the key to success.
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She believes that it may be possible to train the brain's working memory just like an athlete trains muscles, reports the Independent.

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Alloway said that some technological inventions, such as Facebook, might actually improve working memory because they require people to hold a lot of information in their heads.

However, other such websites, like spell-checks and Twitter, which requires only small bite-sized phrases, may work against improving working memory.

Instead, these websites could be contributing to some people's lack of success, she suggested.

Alloway said that she had devised an on-line game that can improve working memory, which may help the young develop working memory skills as well helping to combat memory loss in the elderly.

Source: ANI
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