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Facebook Benefits The Working Memory

by Tanya Thomas on September 9, 2009 at 10:27 AM
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 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.

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.
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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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