LONDON – Some social networking sites, like Facebook, could help improve a person’s working memory, according to an expert.
Dr. Tracy Alloway, a psychologist at Stirling University, says that working memory – the ability to recall things over a short period of time – could be the key to success.
She believes that it may be possible to train the brain’s working memory just like an athlete trains muscles, reports the Independent.
Alloway said that some technological inventions, such as Facebook, might actually improve working memory because they require people to hold a lot of information in their heads.
However, other such websites, like spell-checks and Twitter, which requires only small bite-sized phrases, may work against improving working memory.
Instead, these websites could be contributing to some people’s lack of success, she suggested.
Alloway said that she had devised an on-line game that can improve working memory, which may help the young develop working memory skills as well helping to combat memory loss in the elderly.