I was invited to participate in another study at Queen's University's Psychology Department. Queen's believes that the "kind of person" you are may be possible to predict through a detailed understanding your memory capabilities that may contribute to a broad assortment of your non-memory traits and abilities. They are also interested in the biological and neural underpinnings of this link and whether they can predict your particular memory abilities based on the structure of memory regions in your brain, the presence of memory linked genes in your DNA and evidence of antibodies to memory linked biological agents in your blood.
Mnemonic device, or memory device, is any learning technique that aids information retention or retrieval (remembering) in the human memory. Mnemonics make use of elaborative encoding, retrieval cues, and imagery as specific tools to encode any given information in a way that allows for efficient storage and retrieval. Mnemonics aid original information in becoming associated with something more accessible or meaningful—which, in turn, provides better retention of the information. Commonly encountered mnemonics are often used for lists and in auditory form, such as short poems, acronyms, or memorable phrases, but mnemonics can also be used for other types of information and in visual or kinesthetic forms. Their use is based on the observation that the human mind more easily remembers spatial, personal, surprising, physical, sexual, humorous, or otherwise "relatable" information, rather than more abstract or impersonal forms of information. - Wikipedia
I was asked to do a number of memory activities that included a wide variety of tests measuring traits, cognitive abilities and personality characteristics over many sessions. This testing is performed to understand the traits and abilities in relation to one another. The data from these tasks will be stored on a server that is maintained by professional information technology staff at Queen's Center for Neuroscience and a secure analysis server operated by the High Performance Computing Virtual Laboratory supercomputer. I had to complete phrases that I had read earlier, I had to determine whether or not an object belonged in a scene, did the objects have any colors in common and then I was asked what object was with what picture. During this study I learned that my short term memory is worst than I thought.
My name is Kristen McRobie, I was diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis when I was 21.