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Later studies have confirmed Sperling's findings.

Items remain in sensory memory for a very brief period of time ­ probably less than 2
seconds (or even less than that in iconic store).
Information in sensory memory is in a relatively unprocessed form.
Information is passively registered in sensory memory ­…

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have been rehearsed and have therefore made it to the LTM and can be retrieved at the time of
recall (the primacy effect). Words in the middle (asymptote) are poorly recalled b/c they have had
little time for rehearsal and have been displaced by later items in the list.



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