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Is the digit span test a measure of short term memory?

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
14 years experience in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics
Yes: Digit span, in which a person is asked to recall strings of numbers of increasing length, tests an aspect of short-term memory called "working memory", specifically "verbal working memory". The subject is given a string of numbers and asked to repeat them back in forward or reverse order. This part of cognition is important for a range of everyday tasks.
Answered on Aug 28, 2014

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