The dangers of taking capacity limits too literally

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (1):114-115 (2001)
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Abstract

The empirical data do not unequivocally support a consistent fixed capacity of four chunks. We propose an alternative account whereby capacity is limited by the precision of specifying the temporal and spatial context in which items appear, that similar psychophysical constraints limit number estimation, and that short term memory (STM) is continuous with long term memory (LTM).

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