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 [email protected]


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.