Working memory is that short term memory that you use when we’re trying to keep information in mind just long enough to do something else, like writing down a telephone number, or the page numbers for a homework assignment. Working memory is often referred to as a mental juggler because it is what allows the brain to do many different things at once.

Dyslexic children and adults typically have lower working memory capacities, although their long term memories (especially for personal events) may be quite strong.Screen Shot 2014-11-15 at 5.23.34 PM

In the figure above (data from our dyslexia clinic),