seven plus or minus two

mike mike-anderson at nwu.edu
Sat Oct 28 18:09:53 EST 2000

In article <20001028092547.05896.00000066 at nso-dd.aol.com>,
tonyjeffs2 at aol.comTonyJ (TonyJeffs2) wrote:

> I've often read that we can hold between 5 and 9 chunks of data in short term
> memory.
> I'm very aware I can only hold 3 chunks of data in my short term memory.  It
> doesn't much matter how easy they are.
> For example if I have to remember 3 names and addresses and tell them to 
> someone down the corridor, eg
> "Smith of 1 Smith ST
> Jones of 2 Jones St"
> and 
> "Brown of 3 Brown St"
> I'd have absolutely no proble even if they were unusual names and
addresses, eg
> "Nadjinski of 264 Burscough st
> Disraeli of 185 Cowper Conduit
> Entertwistle of 365 Southburn Dale"
> I can remember 3 chunks of info for as long as necessary - several minutes.
> If however I have to remember 4 or more names, even simple ones, I cant do it
> unless I am able to devise some sort of mnemonic, but it is quite an effort. -
> much easier to use a pen and paper.
> Am I unusual in being limited to 3 pieces of information in my short term
> memory?

Perhaps you aren't including every variable, it is possible that you
see/hear/think something and unconciously decide to remember it.

I don't want this anger burning in me

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