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Metaphor for short-term or working memory??

Can you please help me find a metaphor for short-term or working memory and provide examples? I just need a little jumpstart on my paper. thank you. I really appreciate your help. i really hope that your help is MORE than just a sentence/suggestion or two. I am a poor college student.

Many metaphors have been used to describe cognitive mechanisms related to short-term or working memory. For example, STM has been likened to a computer (or part of the computer, such as RAM), or a workbench, which has limited space. Create a new metaphor for short-term (or working) memory. Do not use any metaphors you have ever heard of before (i.e., do not use a computer or a workbench). Describe and explain your metaphor/model. What aspects of short-term memory does it capture (e.g., limited capacity, brief duration, rehearsal)? You may tie your idea in to sensory store and/or long-term store, if you like, but that is not necessary. Feel free to use diagrams, but be sure to verbally describe everything.

1. Keep focused. Remember to answer the question and only the question

2. Be concise. Remember to say alot with few words. (Paper is only one page, double space.) The paper can be longer than one page, only if it is absolutely necessary.

3. Include all important points.

4. Start by brainstorming (check your notes and the book). Develop an outline.

5. Be clear. Each paragraph should express its own idea. Include introductory sentence and concluding sentence for paper. Good flow is a must!

6. Be grammatical.

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Good morning from Cleveland, Ohio.

First off...a little word of encouragement...Never apologize for being a college student because your monies are tight. The fact that you are in college is a testimony to your personal integrity, your strength, and your desire to become a contributing member of a civil society. Therefore, keep on truckin' and money will be yours one day. Hey...we have all been where you are. :-) let's see if we can shed a little light on your problem with respect to metaphors and short term memory. The best way to approach this issue is to always seek the most basic example for only then will you arrive at the conclusion you want. All too often students and professors alike seem to want to complicate things by over explaining a concept rather than getting to the nitty gritty of the issue. Okay now...put down your Bud Light and follow me closely here. See...we created a visual metaphor for you with respect to your need to remember what I am about to describe to you and you dinn't even know it. Every time you have a Bud Light you will think of short term memory. :-)

Educational psychologists still do not know for certain how people process and remember things. The "information processing model" is the best explanation to date. It is the model for both instructional systems theory and user interface design. The diagram below shows step by step how humans process information from a computer. First, the computer provides external stimuli in the form of text, pictures, and audio that gains the attention of the receptors in the eyes and ears. The receptors pass this information into sensory storage for automatic processing. Sensory storage processes all stimuli in real-time, so as new information comes in, it replaces the previous information.

Stimuli --> Receptors (Eyes, Ears, Hands) --> Sensory Storage --> Short Term Memory --> Long-Term Memory

Stimuli, or information, that has any value to the perceiver will be passed along into short-term memory, also ...