What is short-term memory?Teeradej/Shutterstock
The quick definition: This is the type of memory you need to accomplish your immediate goals, explains Patrick Lyden, MD, chair of the department of neurology at Cedars-Sinai. That may be rattling through tasks during the workday, remembering someone’s name, email, or phone number, or recalling where you tossed your keys when you got home.
Where is it located in the brain?YAKOBCHUK VIACHESLAV/Shutterstock
When someone rattles off their phone number, you file it away in brain circuits that include the hippocampus (your memory center) and amygdala (the emotional hub). Depending on how important the short-term memory may be (your address, someone you call all the time), it can be converted into long-term memory, says Dr. Lyden. Try these morning brain boosters to stay sharp.