Studying the Brain’s Story Editor

Studying the Brain’s Story Editor

If you look around, you will see some people who are better at remembering the details of a book they read or a movie they watched. Or even a simple daily life example, have you ever gone to the kitchen, open the fridge, and cannot remember what you wanted to take from there? 

One way we can explain these occasion is individual differences in working memory capacity. Working memory capacity influences most of our daily cognitive processes. We process information every second of every hour, so we need to carry information forward to open space for the others. For this purpose, working memory steps in. Working memory helps us to make scenes more meaningful to remember them later. 

Another essential factor for processing scenes is where those scenes end and begin. Our working memory is in a way updates itself when a new scene appears in a movie. A new scene can be consisting of new characters or a new time frame, or maybe a different place that the events are going on. Also, for us after we finished the movie, it will be easier to recall the scenes due to these different boundaries. 

Working memory is an important factor in processing events in memory. However, don’t worry if you sometimes forget what to take from the fridge, that is not unusual! Here is a big tip for enhancing your working memory capacity: TRAIN YOUR BRAIN!

Ongchoco, J. D. K., & Scholl, B. J. (2019). Did that just happen? Event segmentation influences enumeration and working memory for simple overlapping visual events. Cognition, 187, 188-197. 

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