Congratulations! You are taking steps to improve your memory.
How did you fare with playing Night at the Movies?
If you found it a challenge, then you are not alone!
Your prospective memory and working memory were given a challenging workout!
Both memory skills are integral to independent living.
Night at the Movies has another memory training bonus.
It divides your attention between two tasks simultaneously.
1. watching the movie and
2. noting where the stars appear
Managing these two successfully strengthens your capacity for flexible, agile thinking and remembering.
What is your brain doing?
Two distinct areas of the brain are activated when you play ‘Night at the Movies’.
You sharpen your prospective memory skills (remembering to remember) because you need to note the exact moment when the star appears, hold it in your memory until, during the replay, you see and click at precisely the correct moment. It’s not easy! And it improves with practice. Your prospective memory skills will stretch as you to work through the levels.
You also exercised your working memory. When you noticed specific details of the scene in the movie and later discarded parts that weren’t relevant, you used your working memory.
Working memory is used to:
- problem solve
- learn from past experience
- combine new and old information
- make decisions
- deal with distractions
‘Remembering to remember’ (prospective memory) requires your brain to understand what you need to recall at a later time and hold it in your memory until you action it when the time is right.
In everyday life this memory skill is used to remember things like turning down the hotplate when the potatoes are boiling, remembering if you have closed the garage door or have an appointment tomorrow afternoon.
When you compare cost, quality and variety before deciding to buy an item in a store, you used working memory.
When you mentally compared the merits of different routes you might take to reach the store, you used working memory. Or added up the cost of the other items you purchased. All of these are your working memory in action.