Thinking Aloud as Strategy for Short-Term Memory Challenges

Tru here.

Been extra-aware of my habit for talking to myself (aloud) lately,
because it has become as issue with my spouse:

“Are you talking to me?
“Do you need me to stop what i am doing EVERY time you speak?”
“I dont know how to tell when you need me to listen.”
“I dont want you to think i dont pay attention or that i am not listening to you,
so i need to find a way to know when you are talking to ME … and not talking to yourself.”

So now, even tho i have great difficulty remembering,
i must remember to get my spouse’s attention before i speak to him.

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Having much more difficulty with my short-term memory lately.
Speaking to myself, aloud,
has become a very useful tool for me to keep track of what i am doing,
whether moving around in the house, or in tasks at my desk.

What time is it?
Open file for chat attendees.
Mark Julie as attendee.
Mark Michelle as attendee.
Save file for chat attendees.
What day does Guy host?
…. and even
“after i finish moving chickens i need to go potty”, LOL !

If i am thinking or doing, then words are coming out of my mouth,
to reinforce my short-term memory.

Suggestion; Tell yourself (aloud) … then tell yourself again.

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“A study by Dr. Christopher Atkin for Nottingham Trent University which found participants talking through complex tasks were far better at problem-solving. In fact, participants in this study made 78 percent fewer mistakes than participants asked to complete tasks by working things out in their heads. Thinking out loud focuses your attention and improves concentration facilitating enhanced problem-solving.” (above excerpt from “5 Surprising Benefits of Thinking Aloud Backed by Science” at Link listed end of blog entry, also Linked the study referrenced in article. Christopher Atkin is PhD specializing in learning and memory.)  I dont think these participants were correlated with any issues with cognitive ability, but it makes sense that it would also be beneficial for those of us who have problems with short-term memory.

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Per Wiki “Echoic Memory”: Echoic memory is the sensory memory that register specific to auditory information (sounds). Once an auditory stimulus is heard, it is stored in memory so that it can be processed and understood.
[1] Unlike visual memory, in which our eyes can scan the stimuli over and over, the auditory stimuli cannot be scanned over and over. Since echoic memories are heard once, they are stored for slightly longer periods of time than iconic memories (visual memories).
[2] Auditory stimuli are received by the ear one at a time before they can be processed and understood. For instance, hearing the radio is very different from reading a magazine. A person can only hear the radio once at a given time, while the magazine can be read over and over again. It can be said that the echoic memory is like a “holding tank” concept, because a sound is unprocessed (or held back) until the following sound is heard, and only then can it be made meaningful.
[3] This particular sensory store is capable of storing large amounts of auditory information that is only retained for a short period of time (3–4 seconds). This echoic sound resonates in the mind and is replayed for this brief amount of time shortly after being heard. …
Auditory sensory memory has been found to be stored in the primary auditory cortex contralateral to the ear of presentation.[13] This echoic memory storage involves several different brain areas, due to the different processes it is involved in. The majority of brain regions involved are located in the prefrontal cortex (PFC) as this is where the executive control is located … (from Wiki “Echoic Memory”, see Links below).

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4 thoughts on “Thinking Aloud as Strategy for Short-Term Memory Challenges

  1. I too find that I have more success in remembering what I am supposed to be doing if I talk myself through it. Luckily, as I live alone, I do not disturb anyone, but I must say it has ruined my weekly card game with the girls, haha!

    Keep up the good work Try.

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  2. Pingback: Can’t Hear Myself Think | Truthful Loving Kindness

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