F. Don't interupt me. There on the hall...there on the hall table.
F. What is that number?
F. Urghhh. 4....
F. 4447227. OK
Examples of Immediate Memory
dialling a phone number I was just told
copying a figure I have just seen
solving this equation in my head
Test your Immediate Memory Try the following demonstrations:
Did you know? Immediate memory is an important type of memory for making sense of what is going on around you. For example, immediate memory is used when reading to recall what happens sentence by sentence; or when recalling a phone number just looked up in the phone book. There is a limit to how much can be stored in immediate memory. Unlike other forms of memory, information in immediate memory fades very quickly (lasts only a few seconds). Can you remember the numbers in the second demonstration? Most people cannot.
Effects of aging on Immediate Memory Immediate memory is not affected much by age. At any age, people can usually store 5 to 7 pieces of information in immediate memory. Click the icon below to see a chart comparing the ability to recall a series of digits with age.
Immediate Memory: Digits recalled to the age of the person
Tips to maintain or even improve your Immediate Memory To keep your immediate memory active, there are some simple (and fun) things you can do such as:
Keep your mind active. Participate in activities that require you to think & learn, such as playing bridge or attending a lecture.
Exercising. There is some evidence to suggest that physical exercise contributes to memory retention.