Flashcards in Capacity of Memory Studies: Jacobs Deck (11):
look at the the capacity of STM
Method - what were the participants presented with?
a string of letters or digits
Method - what did the participants do with the string of letters/digits?
repeat them back in the same order
Method - the test
the number of letters/digits increased until they couldn't recall the sequence correctly
Jacobs concluded that STM has a limited storage capacity of 5-9 items
Conclusion: individual differences
Conclusion: digits vs letters
digits may have been easier to recall seeing there was only 10 digits but 26 letters