Potential Challenges

One of the challenges that may arise with having high capacity of short-term memory is that individuals may have difficulty with long-term memory. Since they rely heavily on their working memory to retain information, they may not develop effective strategies for transferring information into long-term memory. As a result, they may have difficulty remembering things that happened more than a few minutes or hours ago.

For this same reason, people with high short-term memory capacity may also be more likely to create a bias towards more recent information, meanwhile forgetting information that occurred further in the past and therefore is less salient. This can potentially impact decision-making and problem-solving abilities.

Another potential challenge is information overload. With the ability to retain a lot of information in short-term memory, individuals with high short-term memory capacity may become overwhelmed by the amount of information they need to process and remember. This can lead to feelings of stress and anxiety and may make it difficult for them to prioritize and organize information.

In addition, individuals with high short-term memory capacity may struggle with complex tasks. While short-term memory is useful for holding information temporarily, it is not as effective for processing complex information. Individuals with high short-term memory capacity could find it difficult to process multiple pieces of information at once, such as solving complex math problems or analyzing complex data sets.

Finally, distractions and interruptions can also be a challenge for individuals with high short-term memory capacity. Their capacity to hold more information in the mind means it is more likely to become overloaded, which could increase their tendency to mind wander, and thereby lead to more frequent distractibility.