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Limitation of the Memory

By Christofer Rydenfält


The purpose of this study was to investigate human memory capacity for hapticly presented structures and to discuss the results from a cognitive psychological and philosophical point of view. 20 participants took part in one learning and recognition task consisting of haptic structures and one learning and recognition task consisting of haptic structures equipped with a verbal anchor. The results were compared with recent research on shortterm memory capacity for other modalities and explained with the help of theory on conceptual spaces as well as associative networks. The results showed that even though humans have a memory for haptic structures it appears to be fairly small compared to other modalities. The common humans ’ small experience and therefore sparsly developed memory structures for haptic sensations are held as a major cause for the results.

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Year: 2009
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