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Infinite Storage

  • Maria M. HadjimarkouEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16999-6_1109-1

Synonyms

Definition

Infinite storage refers to the unlimited capacity that is assumed to exist for long-term memory.

Introduction

Long-term memory (LTM) has always been viewed as a rather distinct type of memory compared to short-term memory (STM) or working memory (WM), not only for its long-lasting maintenance of information but also because of its enormous capacity. It was always assumed that storage capacity in LTM is unlimited and thus one can remember an infinite number of things. Difficulties with memory capacity in LTM have usually been attributed to problems in encoding and not so much due to limitations in storage. In this section, the idea of infinite storage of LTM will be briefly discussed, in light of the latest research findings.

Infinite Storage: Is It Really?

One of the seminal papers in the history of memory research was published by George Miller in 1956, who estimated that STM has a limited capacity of seven plus or minus two...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of PsychologyUniversity of SussexFalmerUK

Section editors and affiliations

  • Menelaos Apostolou
    • 1
  1. 1.University of NicosiaNicosiaCyprus