shortterm memory

short-term memory

noun
information retained in the brain and retrievable from it over a brief span of time (contrasted with long-term memory ).

Origin:
1965–70

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short-term memory
 
n
psychol Compare long-term memory that section of the memory storage system of limited capacity (approximately seven items) that is capable of storing material for a brief period of time

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short-term memory n.

Abbr. STM The phase of the memory process in which stimuli that have been recognized and registered are stored briefly.

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short-term memory definition


Retention of information that undergoes little processing or interpretation and can be recalled for only a few seconds. Short-term memory can retain about seven items.

Note: A popular example of short-term memory is the ability to remember a seven-digit telephone number just long enough to dial a call. In most cases, unless the number is consciously repeated several times, it will be forgotten.
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