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44 GONE IN A FEW BLINKS OF THE EYE (SHORT-TERM MEMORY)

Check-out: exercise your


short-term memory
Now that you know more about how your short-term memory and its various
features work, as well as what you can do to try to boost it, lets assess how well
you perform in the following exercises. Calculate your points for each exercise.
Remember that attention is key here: eliminate potential distractions and make
sure you maintain your focus throughout.

16: Letter strings 17: Mixed-up numbers


How many random letters can you hold in your mind? The numbers for the price tags for your garage sale
In other words, whats your letter span? Below are 7 are on the table in a messy pile. You look at them
series of letters. For each series, read the letters once in while crossing the room and then wonder which
your head and then cover up the series. Recall the letters numbers you have. To answer this question,
in the order you read them. take 5 seconds to study the image of the
numbers below. Then cover them
up and list the numbers
FTHU you remember by
referring to the
UOSDB picture in your
NCRPAL head.
SIQMZTA
ONXIGUVR
EKDSPWACJ
HULDMQVAPI

Your Score (your letter span): Your Score: ______ 12 errors: 2 points
_________ (from 4 to 10 points) more than 2 errors: 1 point no errors: 4 points
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18: Team colors


Youre off to watch a 5-a-side soccer tournament Read the different colors of each strip while trying to
involving 5 teams. Below is information on the strip picture it on your mental screen. Then cover up the
colors of the teams. Focus on one team at a time. information and ll in the missing colors of each strip.

Team A: RAPID ROVERS Red jersey, black shorts, blue Team D: SILKY TOUCH Yellow jersey with black collar,
socks with yellow trim, white boots gray shorts, red socks with blue trim, white boots

Team B: STRIKE FORCE Green jersey with black collar, Team E: GOALS GALORE Black jersey, red shorts with
orange shorts, white socks, black boots white stripes, blue socks with yellow trim, red boots

Team C: DASHING DYNAMOS Blue jersey, white shorts,


green socks with yellow trim, red boots

A B C D E

Your Score: ______


1 strip: 1 point
2 strips: 2 points
3 strips: 3 points
4 strips: 4 points
5 strips: 5 points

19: Jumbo sandwich


Your friend asks you to buy him a sandwich at lunchtime. You need to remember his
order until you can write it down on a piece of paper. Read the names of these 7
ingredients once, cover them up, close your eyes for approximately 10 seconds while
repeating the 7 ingredients to yourself, and then write them down in the answer space.

Ingredients: Swiss cheese, chicken, tomatoes, bacon,


green peppers, lettuce, low-fat mayonnaise

Your Score: ______


13 ingredients: 1 point
46 ingredients: 2 points
all ingredients: 4 points
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20: Number position Your Score: ______


Read each sequence of numbers once, cover it up, and 1 correct: 1 point 3 correct: 3 points
ll in the blanks. 2 correct: 2 points 4 correct: 4 points

A: B:
8 4 3 2 6 7 9 2 8 1 7 3 6 5

3 was in _____ position in the sequence 1 was in _____ position in the sequence

C: D:

6 1 4 0 8 5 3 7 3 5 0 2 7 4 1 7 6 8

5 was in _____ position in the sequence 6 was in _____ position in the sequence

21: Put the items back


You accidentally bumped into the shelving unit and 5 is in the unit on the left. Then cover it up and draw
items fell on the oor. Can you put them back where arrows to show where the items on the oor should go
they were? Take 5 seconds to look at where each item in the unit on the right.

Your Score: ______


12 items: 2 points
3 items: 3 points
45 items: 4 points
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22: Mental drawing


Lets test how accurately you can draw on your mental of the picture. Then cover up the instructions and
sketchpad. Using the instructions, make a mental drawing draw what you have visualized in the space below.

A: B:
1. Visualize a large circle 1. Visualize a vertical line
2. Then a horizontal line dividing the circle in half 2. Then a horizontal line crossing the vertical line
3. Then a vertical line dividing the circle in half through the middle
4. Then a square in the top left portion of the circle 3. Then a circle attached to the top of the vertical line
5. Finally a triangle in the bottom right portion of 4. Then a triangle attached to the right end of the
the circle horizontal line
Your drawing looks like this: 5. Finally a rectangle attached to the bottom of the
vertical line
Your drawing looks like this:

Your Score: ______


1 correct drawing: 2 points
Solutions on p181 2 correct drawings: 4 points

23: Alien visit


These 7 aliens appeared in your street. Look at each of them once. Cover them up and
then look at the aliens on the right. Circle the aliens that did NOT appear in your street.

Your Score: ______ 1 alien spotted: 1 point


2 aliens: 2 points
3 aliens: 3 points
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24: An orderly hand 25: A day at the zoo


For each set of playing cards, look at each card once You want to create a memorable day for your family so
while placing it on your mental screen. Then cover up have decided to take them to the zoo. At the entrance
the set and mentally reorder the cards beginning with you see a map showing you where all the enclosures are
the lowest value. Write down the name of the cards located. Quickly look at the map below and then cover
(including the suit they belong to) in their new order. it up. Try to remember where the different animal
enclosures are and ll in the empty map with the names
of the animals

Your Score: ______ 1 series: 6 points (value + suit) Your Score: ______ 12 animals: 2 points
2 series: 8 points (value + suit) 34 animals: 3 points
3 series: 10 points (value + suit) 5 animals: 4 points
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26: Alien words


On the right is a list of words that were transmitted PRIGAL ZATHERT
during an alien broadcast. Read each word once, then
LUKAST
cover it up and spell it backward in the space below.

UFLITOR
SUVOLLEF
DEBOMET GRAXUM

Your Score: _____ 12 words spelled correctly: 2 points


34 words: 4 points
56 words: 6 points
7 words: 8 points

27: Can you sing backward?


A: Do you know the lyrics of the nursery rhyme B: Now lets make it harder. Recite backward each line
Row row row your boat. Can you sing it backward? of the nursery rhyme Humpty Dumpty. Once again you
Think about each line and then sing or say it backward. have 1 minute to recite as many lines as you can.
Count how many lines you recite correctly in 1 minute.

A: Your Score: _____ 1 line: 1 point B: Your Score: ______


2 lines: 2 points 1 line: 1 point
34 lines: 3 points 2 lines: 2 points
3+ lines: 3 points
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28: Finding your way


You are visiting a friend in an unfamiliar town. You ask 1: Head westward and take the 1st right onto Easy Street
a stranger for directions and she tells you how to get to 2: Keep walking northbound and take the 3rd left onto
your destination. Read the set of directions once. Then Bidas Walk
cover it up and, starting at point A in the map below, 3: Walk to the end of Bidas Walk and turn right onto
use your memory to draw the route to your destination. Judges Walk
Lets see how many instructions you can remember. 4: Take the 1st left onto Chester Avenue and head to
the end of the street

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Your Score: ______


Solution on p.181 12 correct: 2 points
3 correct: 3 points
4 correct: 4 points

29: Gift time!


Can you mentally order these gifts starting with the
smallest? Once you have done so, cover them up.
Now refer to this new order and write down the
color(s) of the 1st gift, the 2nd, and so on.

Your Score: ______


12 correct: 2 points
34 correct: 3 points
5 correct: 4 points

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