Visual Memory More Flexible Than We Thought
When you read about memory and learning, you will eventually come across the idea of "chunking", which is a strategy our brains use to help remember information. You will also learn that for information that relates to numbers and words, our brains can remember 7+/-2 items (which means between 5 and 9) items easily.
Visual memory was often thought to rely on the same kind of 7 +/-2 items, but new research (published in the journal Science) suggests that visual memory is much more flexible than scientists have previously thought.
In this study, participants were asked to remember several objects from a computer screen. The screen went blank...continue reading »