A set of boxes will appear. They will open, one at a time, to reveal an object inside. Your job is to remember where each object is hidden. When an object appears in the centre of the screen, click the box that contains that object.
What does Paired Associates measure?
Paired Associates is primarily a test of short-term memory, but your verbal ability plays a role as well.
Paired Associates in
the real world
The paired-associate learning is required whenever you link up two items in memory—such as the type of object and its location. That can be useful when trying to find something you stuffed in a box in the basement, but it is also linked with different types of pairing. For example, when you learn new words, you have to pair the word itself with its meaning. That’s why optimizing performance on Paired Associates may have wide-ranging effects beyond simple memory tasks.