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In this exercise, the user must remember the orders of guests seated around a table. Each guest will order a drink, a main dish, a side dish, and a dessert. The user must correctly give each guest their orders.
Memory is the retention of information over time after the target item is no longer available. There are multiple aspects of memory involved in this exercise, including visual memory and working memory. Visual memory involves being able to take in information that is presented visually, to process and store it in your mind, and then recall a representation of what you have seen.
These skills of focusing, processing, storing, and recalling are largely functions of the brain’s prefrontal cortex. However, when the brain processes a task like this, the work is distributed over a number of cortical areas and involves circuits with the frontal cortex, the parietal cortex, and the anterior cingulate cortex. Moreover, because this exercise involves verbal information (customers’ orders) and spatial information (their positions around the table), both the left and right brain hemispheres are activated.
Even if the user is not a server, practicing these skills in this exercise may help individuals be able to recall information. The skills used in this exercise are also the same skills we use when we are remembering a short to-do list, recalling a friend’s drink order, or remembering which gifts we bought for which individuals. Working memory is an important cognitive skill that individuals use daily.
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