The magical number seven plus or minus two: some limits on our capacity for processing information.

@article{Miller1956TheMN,
  title={The magical number seven plus or minus two: some limits on our capacity for processing information.},
  author={George A. Miller},
  journal={Psychological review},
  year={1956},
  volume={63 2},
  pages={
          81-97
        }
}
  • G. A. Miller
  • Published 1956
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological review
First, the span of absolute judgment and the span of immediate memory impose severe limitations on the amount of information that we are able to receive, process, and remember. By organizing the stimulus input simultaneously into several dimensions and successively into a sequence or chunks, we manage to break (or at least stretch) this informational bottleneck. Second, the process of recoding is a very important one in human psychology and deserves much more explicit attention than it has… Expand
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