Although there is some debate, ________ is generally thought to have a capacity of seven plus or minus two units of information.
A) the sensory register
B) short-term memory
C) declarative memory
D) long-term memory
In the 1950s, George Miller estimated the capacity of short-term memory to be the magical number:
A) 5 plus or minus 4.
B) 7 plus or minus 2.
C) 9 plus or minus 3.
D) 11 plus or minus 1.
Telo convinces a woman he finds attractive to give him her telephone number. Unfortunately, the number is ten digits long with the area code, and Telo cannot find a place to write it down. As he looks for a pen and paper, what can Telo do to help himself remember the number?
A) Nothing will help because 10 digits are beyond the capacity of short-term memory.
B) Thinking of something else will help Telo.
C) "Chunking" the numbers into smaller units will help Telo.
D) Telo should try to process the memory in parallel.
For most Americans, which of the following would be considered a chunk?