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Four, not seven, the ‘magic’ number for the brain

The human brain can only process four chunks of information before confusion sets in.

Results of a new analysis contradict the long-held view, established by a 1956 paper from American psychologist George Miller, that seven is the “magic” number for the human mind.

A re-analysis of Miller’s results showed we need to break information into four chunks for storage in our short-term memory.

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