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1. Memory > 11. Consume Your Information in Chunks

Consume Your Information in Chunks

Improve your short-term memory, your information processing, and your long-term memory by grouping the bits of data you come across into chunks.

Psychologist George A. Miller concluded in a classic 1956 experimental survey that human short-term memory can hold only seven items at a time, plus or minus two.1Short-term memory bears the same relation to long-term memory in humans that RAM does to mass storage in a computer: short-term memory, which is temporary, is the gateway to human long-term memory, which is semi-permanent. Short-term memory is also where information that is currently being processed is stored (such as a phone number you’re calling). Thus, it’s important for not only short-term memory itself, but also long-term memory and information processing, to maximize the ability to use short-term memory.


  

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