Cognitive Neurodynamics

, Volume 4, Issue 4, pp 395–397

There is no capacity limited buffer in the Murdock (1962) free recall data

Brief Communication

DOI: 10.1007/s11571-010-9108-y

Cite this article as:
Tarnow, E. Cogn Neurodyn (2010) 4: 395. doi:10.1007/s11571-010-9108-y


Theories of short term memory often include a limited capacity “buffer”. Such a buffer contains items which do not decay at all but are overwritten by new data. I show that one of the experiments that fueled the buffer concept, the free recall experiments by Murdock (J Exp Psychol 64(5):482–488, 1962), does not contain such a buffer.


Short term memory Buffer Capacity limit 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Fair LawnUSA

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