Pragma Synesi – interesting bits

Compendium of interesting bits I come across, with an occasional IMHO

Four chunks at a time

It seems the human brain can handle at most 4 different things at a time.  From 2005 July Discover magazine:

Juggling Info

Surgeons, air traffic controllers, waitresses, and bus drivers—or anyone in a high-stress job—take in a steady flow of information that needs to be processed on the spot. But how much is too much? Cognitive scientists in Australia have concluded that humans can juggle four “chunks” of information at any given instant. After that, they become confused. Their next move is no more reasoned than flipping a coin.

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April 27, 2009 Posted by | behaviour, brain, decision making, Uncategorized | | Leave a comment