The Limit of the Human Memory


Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • limit: the highest amount possible
  • aid: something that helps you do something
  • chunk: a group of similar things
  • revise: to change or adapt

The Limit of the Human Memory

According to recent studies, the human mind has a memory limit of about 3 to 4 . This means that without doing any memory tricks, the average human can only remember 3 to 4 things at a time. These things may include numbers, names, or tasks. This short-term memory is also called the working memory. Without some form of memory aid, these 3 to 4 things will only in a person’s memory for about twenty seconds. Memory aids include something over and over, placing items into groups or chunks, or writing things down. This is a revised about memory. Previously, scientists believed that the average human mind could remember about five to seven things at a time. Of course, some have a stronger working memory than others. A stronger working memory is often related to a stronger ability to learn and problem solve.

Comprehension Questions

  1. According to this report, what is the average limit of a human’s working memory?
  2. What aspect of the theory has been revised in recent years?
  3. What do scientists believe about individuals who have a strong working memory?

Discussion Questions: How does this research relate to multi-tasking? Are you a multi-tasker, or do you prefer to focus on one task at a time?

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