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mem·o·ry span

the maximum number of items recalled after a single presentation (auditory or visual).

memory span

The number of words or objects one can store and recall when asked to do so. See: digit span test
See also: span
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Such a task resembles a memory span task, except that there is no variation across trials in the number of words presented; instead the type of words are varied.
1985; Daneman and Carpenter 1983; Dixon, Le Fevre, and Twilley 1989; Just and Carpenter 1992; King and Just 1991; Masson and Miller 1983) have used a measure of working memory span to try to predict general reading performance.
The generality of working memory capacity: A latent variable approach to verbal and visuo-spatial memory span and reasoning.
1975) formulated that memory span was affected by lists which contained long words, with regard to lists containing short words.
For example, in the case of running memory span and of tasks that require the participant to solve arithmetic operations continuously, the mechanism of comparison is not involved, whereas substitution is required.
Immediately following the recognition memory span test with objects, monkeys were re-tested for an additional 10 days with nonrepeated position series, as a control for possible order of tasks effects.
A sad old alcoholic drunk with the memory span of a goldfish flies the flag for the BNP and his exhortations to go 'home' are juxtaposed with requests for credit at the shop.
The relationship between memory span and processing speed.
This intelligence test is based on the combination of two basic parameters of human information processing (Horn, 1968; Lehrl & Fischer, 1988, 1990; Weiss, 1986): memory span and speed of processing (Roth, 1964; Whimbey, Fischhof, & Silikowitz, 1969).
Recent work on the child's developing theory of mind has identified the development of working memory span as a factor which contributes to children's developing understanding of false belief (Keenan, Olson & Marini, 1998).
It is commonly believed that goldfish have a memory span of only three seconds, but they do learn when it is feeding time and will gather at the surface waiting for their food.