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There Is No Limited Capacity Memory Buffer in the Murdock (1962) Free Recall Data

Eugen G Tarnow  January 2 2011 09:11:10 PM
There Is No Limited Capacity Memory Buffer in the Murdock (1962) Free Recall Data
Cognitive Neurodynamics 2010, 4(4), 395.

Theories of short term memory often include a limited capacity ‘‘buffer’’. Such a buffer contains items which do not decay at all but are overwritten by new data. I show that one of the experiments that fueled the buffer concept, the free recall experiments by Murdock (J Exp Psychol 64(5):482–488, 1962), does not contain such a buffer.

http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp?genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/s11571-010-9108-y