How Human Memory Works: Tips for UX Designers

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Knowing how memory works, designers can create human-centered interfaces which correspond to the natural abilities of the users, save their effort and boost usability.

Basically, psychologists mention three types of memory:

  • sensory memory holds the data for a short moment when we perceive it with our physical senses like hearing, vision or touch;
  • short-term memory (working memory) allows a person to keep some data remembered for a short period of time without repetitions;
  • long-term memory presents the storage for big quantities of diverse data which could be saved for long periods of time, potentially up to the whole lifetime.

One of the greatest information processors we deal with in our everyday life cannot be seen or touched. It cannot be bought or sold as well as taken from other people; however, it can be developed.

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