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Capacity of STM - Baddeley et al (1975)

Aim: To assess the capacity of STM using a serial recall test

Procedure: 

  • the reading speed of Ps was measured
  • Ps were then shown sets of 5 words on a screen
  • Words were taken from one of 2 sets - one sylable or polysyllabic
  • Ps were asked to write down the 5 words in serial order - recalled several lists of both long and short words

Findings:

  • Ps could recall far more short words than long - able to recall as many words as they could say in about 2 seconds

Conclusion: 

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