Thursday, July 12, 2007

Humans remember 4 things at a time

Psychologists that the University of Oregon say that the capacity of short-term memory is a strong predictor of an individual's IQ level and scholastic achievement. A study conducted by them has shown that an average person can think only about four items at a time, but people with high IQ levels can remember more articles. Professor Edward Awh and Professor Edward Vogel of the university conducted laboratory experiments to test their hypothesis that the memory capacity might be influenced by the complexity of items being stored, something that might cause a four-item limit for most people. The study showed that even when very complex objects had to be remembered, the participants who ranged in age from 18 to 30 years still were able to hold four items in active memory. However, the clarity of those items was not perfect, points out Professor Awh. It was also found that some people had much clearer memories than others. "While it seems reasonable that people who think about more things at once might also have clearer memories than average, we found that this assumption was not the case," Professor Vogel said. Professor Awh, the lead author of the study published in the journal Psychological Science, also says that the same people who can remember a lot of objects at one time do not necessarily have clearer memories of those objects. "Knowing the number of things a person can remember tells you nothing about how clear a person’s memory may be," said Professor Awh. "So even though people with high IQs can think about more things at once, there are not guarantees about how good those memories might be," the researcher added.

10 Comments:

At July 12, 2007 at 3:56 PM, Blogger Arthur said...

Wow, I didn't know that. But even when I remember one thing, the other 3 maybe can wait, 'cause when I think of one thing, I can hours and hours with the same thing in my mind, till the second one come and the first goes away and gets back at night.

Thank you for visiting my blogs.

Big greetings and big hugs.

Sweet Dreams, from the bottom of my Heart:
Arthur

 
At July 12, 2007 at 4:02 PM, Blogger Gusthav said...

Hi Raghu, first time visiting you. It's interesting your post, but remember 4 things at the same time results unbelievable to me, 'cause for example I'm thinking about the videogame you saw in our shared blog, and no more.

Thank you for visiting my blog, and the blog I have shared with Arthur.

Greetings and hugs

Nice Day, with my whole soul:
Gusthav

 
At July 12, 2007 at 6:53 PM, Blogger krystyna said...

Interesting!
Good luck to you!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 3:03 AM, Blogger Vcuisine said...

Hi Raghu, Thanks for dropping by. Nice blog you have. Interesting posts. Sharp and precise. Nice to know about you. Have a good day. Viji

 
At July 13, 2007 at 5:14 AM, Blogger Elween said...

hi good day to you!

i always thought the capacity of memory cannot be the measure IQ. that proves without saying! :)

thx for popping by my blog. take care!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 12:28 PM, Blogger Jyoti said...

You visit my blog every day...could you please introduce yourself???

you too write well...! I wanna now more about you!!

 
At July 13, 2007 at 4:25 PM, Blogger GMG said...

Interesting post. Amazing the wonderful world of the brain...

 
At July 15, 2007 at 4:38 AM, Blogger mi despertar said...

No puedo creer que arthur está hablando en serio,porque siempre es cómico.. I like your blog,y aunque soy perfecta bilingue I have to write in Spanish.
Love.

 
At July 15, 2007 at 10:49 AM, Blogger backpakker said...

Interesting ...I wonder where you get such insights from...great post

 
At July 16, 2007 at 6:52 AM, Blogger Ash said...

How interesting!!!

 

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