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memory span

n
(Psychology) psychol the capacity of short-term memory, usually between 5 and 10 items
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The verbal memory span (Daneman & Carpenter, 1980) was developed to assess the storage component of verbal spatial memory.
If fish have a three-second memory span, imagine the torment of Goldie as he spots the snowman: 'Damn, Christmas is coming...
In easy times the art of making money from other people's money seems a matter of finding people to borrow it - in my memory span we have had, in turn, un-regulated fringe banks, third world dictators and owners of over-valued property.
If you've ever wondered if your goldfish really does have only a four second memory span, this is the programme you've been waiting for.
By nine months, their memory span has improved to up to a month.
YOU must have the memory span of a gormless gnat if you think this is the best World Cup in history.
The researchers, from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, found that people with early HIV disease and those with later, symptomatic disease had problems with verbal memory span. (They had more trouble remembering information they heard).
The idea of having fixed built-in memory stores gave rise to the public opinion that the individual's memory performance is not influenced by circumstances but by the individual's static memory span. However, further counterevidence indicated that revisions had to be made to the original model.
This is because a significant linear relationship between articulation rate and verbal memory span has been found in many experimental situations (e.g., Brown & Hulme, 1992), whether the differences in articulation rate are due to developmental increases in children (Hulme, Thomson, Muir, & Lawrence, 1984), reading ability (McDougall, Hulme, Ellis, & Monk, 1994), and/or with pseudowords and familiar words (Hulme, Maughan, & Brown, 1991).
Other studies have examined estimation accuracy of different age groups in memory span tasks.
The types of tasks generally used in these studies are measures of basic cognitive abilities, such as memory span or the speed of accessing the meaning of words in memory.