Processing capacity limits are not explained by storage limits

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (1):123-124 (2001)
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Abstract

Cowan's review shows that a short-term memory limit of four items is consistent with a wide range of phenomena in the field. However, he does not explain that limit, whereas an existing theory does offer an explanation for capacity limitations. Furthermore, processing capacity limits cannot be reduced to storage limits as Cowan claims.

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