Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Short Communication

Capacity limits in continuous old-new recognition and in short-term implicit memory


Elinor McKone a1
a1 Division of Psychology, Australian National University, ACT 0200, Australia elinor.mckone@anu.edu.au www.psyc.anu.edu.au/staff/elinor.html

Abstract

Using explicit memory measures, Cowan predicts a new circumstance in which the central capacity limit of 4 chunks should obtain. Supporting results for such an experiment, using continuous old-new recognition, are described. With implicit memory measures, Cowan assumes that short-term repetition priming reflects the central capacity limit. I argue that this phenomenon instead reflects limits within individual perceptual processing modules.



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