Short-Term Memory

Topic: Short-Term Memory

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Our intake of sensory information will not "last" unless we rehearse and deliberately try to remember it. A study was conducted to figure out how long short-term memory lasts and was proven that people could not recall three-consonant groups after being informed of them then being asked to count numbers in confusing patterns. This proved that unless we actively store information into our long-term memory, we are left with short-term memories that only last a limited time. Also, short-term memory can only hold "seven or so bits of information (give or take two)". George Miller named this recall capacity is called the Magical Number Seven, plus or minus two. People have better short-term recall for random digits than for random letters, because letters sometimes have similar sounds.

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