This is a web site with a test on memory for research at Edinburgh University in the UK. I thought it might show me more clearly what sort of strategies I used for remembering things, because I seem to have such a bad memory, even for important things.
It is online, and looks at spatial manipulation, working memory capacity, delayed recall, visual memory, visual memory capacity, binding and digit span.
I discovered that if I am able to rehearse things verbally I did much better – even with the digit span I added ‘chunking’ as the amount of numbers grew and was much more successful. Visual memory was much more difficult for me, and although I understand some people can picture in their minds a whole image, I don’t seem to be able to do that, and I am not sure if there are strategies available to help me improve that skill.
I would be interested to know how many in our class have the same difficulty with visual memory, because we are all studying art/design type subjects and the other visual imagery examples. I wonder if this ability has any impact on our visual skills