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Université de Fribourg

Human short-term spatial memory: Precision predicts capacity

Lavenex, Pamela Banta ; Boujon, , Valérie ; Ndarugendamwo, Angélique ; Lavenex, Pierre

In: Cognitive Psychology, 2015, vol. 77, p. 1–19

Here, we aimed to determine the capacity of human short-term memory for allocentric spatial information in a real-world setting. Young adults were tested on their ability to learn, on a trial-unique basis, and remember over a 1-min interval the location(s) of 1, 3, 5, or 7 illuminating pads, among 23 pads distributed in a 4 m × 4 m arena surrounded by curtains on three sides. Participants had to...