From: Philip Goetz (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Mon May 01 2006 - 20:39:17 MDT
On 4/27/06, Eliezer S. Yudkowsky <email@example.com> wrote:
> Richard Loosemore wrote:
> > Short term memory does not have 7 items in it.
> I know. But it makes a convenient magic number.
> Eliezer S. Yudkowsky http://intelligence.org/
> Research Fellow, Singularity Institute for Artificial Intelligence
The new magic number is 5. The "7+-2" figure was an overestimate
because, in those experiments, it is believed, some single chunks were
being counted as multiple items.
I don't believe that short-term memory has a capacity the way that a
cup has a capacity. It is a simplification, but a useful one.
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