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Psychological Science 21(11) 15511556

Summary: Psychological Science
21(11) 15511556
The Author(s) 2010
Reprints and permission:
DOI: 10.1177/0956797610385359
Humans have a remarkable capacity to remember pictures in
episodic long-term memory, even after only a single exposure
to the original image (Shepard, 1967; Standing, 1973; Stand-
ing, Conezio, & Haber, 1970). In one seminal study, Standing
(1973) presented observers with 10,000 images, and they per-
formed with more than 80% accuracy in a subsequent recogni-
tion memory task. However, because previous studies have
used conceptually distinctive images, high performance may
have been achieved with sparse representations of the images,
in which only basic-level category information was stored
(Chun, 2003; Simons & Levin, 1997; Wolfe, 1998; although
see Standing et al., 1970). Thus, although these landmark stud-
ies demonstrate that observers can remember thousands of pic-


Source: Alvarez, George A. - Department of Psychology, Harvard University
Oliva, Aude - Department of Brain and Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)


Collections: Biology and Medicine; Computer Technologies and Information Sciences