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Unformatted text preview: pieces of paper would be about 5000 miles high, the distance from San Francisco to London. It's no accident that telephone numbers in the United States are seven digits long. Our working memory, a very short-term form of memory which stores ideas just long enough for us to understand them, can hold on average a maximum of seven digits. This allows you to look up a phone number and remember it just long enough to dial. Number of neocortical neurons lost each day: 85,000 Species Weight (gm)------------------adult human 1,300 - 1,400 newborn human 350 - 400 sperm whale 7,800 elephant 6,000 bottle-nosed dolphin 1,500...
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- Spring '08
- Psychology, brain cells