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ERIC Number: EJ1078980
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0502
Massive Memory Revisited: Limitations on Storage Capacity for Object Details in Visual Long-Term Memory
Cunningham, Corbin A.; Yassa, Michael A.; Egeth, Howard E.
Learning & Memory, v22 n11 p563-566 Nov 2015
Previous work suggests that visual long-term memory (VLTM) is highly detailed and has a massive capacity. However, memory performance is subject to the effects of the type of testing procedure used. The current study examines detail memory performance by probing the same memories within the same subjects, but using divergent probing methods. The results reveal that while VLTM representations are typically sufficient to support performance when the procedure probes gist-based information, they are not sufficient in circumstances when the procedure requires more detail. We show that VLTM capacity, albeit large, is heavily reliant on gist as well as detail. Thus, the nature of the mnemonic representations stored in VLTM is important in understanding its capacity limitations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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