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I Am Not an Illiterate!!

I Am Not an Illiterate!!

The Day before Ananth Chaturdashi.
Venue: My uncle’s place
Occasion: Ganpathi Hom
Time: Around 10Am

All my aunts, cousins joined in for the occasion. My uncle still had the Ganapati idol at home and had planned to immerse it on Ananth Chaturdashi. Hom had already started when we stepped in. Everybody busy watching the hom and seemed they were praying too. After an hour, it was time to disperse after the pooja was over. Suddenly there was increase in the pitch of voice exchanging pleasantries, sharing the experiences, facts and gossiping about the stuff they really enjoy (that is to discuss about who did what and was it right or wrong, how somebody should have done something, why did someone do something like that…list goes on….).

After a while they seem to have got bored of talking about the same thing over and over about the same. After lot of discussion (rather gossip), it was time to prepare lunch. While preparing lunch they discovered new topics to discuss, for …

Working Memory

Working Memory

What is Working Memory?

Memory over a short period of time is called Working Memory. This is a simple process of remembering things for a short period of time that happens everyday in our lives.

Early psychological work in the 1950's and 1960's led to the hypothesis of 'short term memory'; a process of limited capacity and only operative over a few seconds. The concept of 'working memory' is an extension of this idea, with the added idea that short term memory is woven together with higher cognitive processes, such as learning, reasoning, and comprehension.

Unlike long term memory, which has a large clinical body of research, working memory has only recently become the focus of intense clinical study. It is often assayed in intelligence or cognitive examinations using span tests, in which patients are asked to repeat a set of digits in reverse order (if I read "8-9-3-2-1-9", you would say "9-1-2-3-9-8") or alphabetize a group of w…