Studies on memory span have gained prominence over the years as specialists explore how the human brain stores information. This report shall give details of an experimental research that was designed to explore whether the length and type of stimuli affects one’s ability to recall items within a short period of time. The items used to carry out the research shall be highlighted and the research findings analyzed. A discussion on whether there length and type of stimuli relate to our recall accuracy shall also be provided in order to establish whether findings on previous research were conclusive.
The study of the human brain functions has been in existence for many years. As a result, psychologists and behavioral scientists have over the years developed various theories such as Piaget’s stages of cognitive development, which aim at explaining how the brain works in regard to how it receives, processes and stores information during various stages of development (Zastrow & Kirst-Ashman, 2009, p.111). These theories have been directed by research conducted on various branches of psychology. Of particular interest is cognitive psychology, which can be defined as a branch of psychology that studies mental processes that facilitate learning, remembering, thinking and perception among other processes (Brown, 2006, p. 6). Previous studies on the different types of memories indicate that various parts of the brains have the ability to store different memories. This is further supported by a number of cognitive theories that discuss the presence of short term memory stores, which temporarily holds information before it is processed into long term memories.