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Gender and Memory

Stereotypes or not, we have all heard a thousand times, about situations where men forget about important dates, like birthdays of their girlfriends or wives. Moreover, there are also plenty of stories about females being unable to remember a short address, or find a location, regardless of the instructions given beforehand. All these things make us wonder if there is a connection between genders and short-term memory or not.

Short-term memory, basically, is one's ability to remember small pieces of information for a short time, forgetting them after using them. Now, apart from long-term memory, which is with us forever, short-term memory should be there to help us with things needed to be settled during a little time after acquiring that information. The following lines will try to explain the difference between the short-term memory capabilities of men and women, comparing and contrasting these issues.

A Gender Study of Short-term Memory

Numerous tests have been performed in order to prove which gender has better short-term memory. While men are better with memorizing roads, streets, trivia and things like that, women are dominant on the field of multitasking and memorizing dates, birthdays and similar things. Many people said that this is due to preferences of each gender, and the interests of each single individual, regardless of the gender. However, other people, basing their views on the gender theory, believe that men, being more connected to regular daily activities developed a better short-term memory, while women, being in charge of family, the home and often doing many things at once, developed their own short-term memory skills.

Another issue is short-term memory loss. Namely, since both of the genders can endure this acute inability to recall recent things from their lives, there is a question whether one gender is more susceptible to this than the other is.

However, those with competitive personalities will have to get disappointed here, since both genders seem to be equal. Namely, short-term memory loss is a product of old age and the deterioration of our mental and neurological well-being. All in all, the battle continues for those who want to fight it, since none of these issues has been proven scientifically. Stereotypes remain, and so do those willing to prove them or prove them wrong.

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