The term “Chunking” also known as clustering refers to how human memory utilisation works.(Reh, n.d) Reh, argues that chunking is better than multi tasking as it focuses on one things which makes the task easier to accomplish. It is a good strategy to remember things by using “chunks” if we join things in a unit. Our memory is easily overloaded with too much details hence chunking can be very helpful to reduce cognitive load. If we are to program our minds into remembering chunks of details instead of singular ideas it will all be too crowded. According to Harvard psychologist George A. Miller’s “The Magical Number Seven, Plus or Minus Two”, all information must be grouped together in small digestible units as it makes it easier for us to remember it. “By chunking information the author improves the reader’s comprehension and ability to access and retrieve the information.” (“Chunking principle ,” ) is essential that we consider this when we are making a presentation or studying something. Cognitive load refers to the use of our mental capacity to remember or figure out how to attain a task and if we apply chunking it would be easier for us to achieve our goals. In conclusion, chunking simply makes it easier for us to remember things and is highly regarded when trying to reduce the cognitive load when creating or memorising something.

 

 

References

 

Chunking principle . (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.chambers.com.au/glossary/chunking_principle.php

Reh, F. J. (n.d.). Don’t multi-task when you can use chunking. Retrieved from http://management.about.com/od/yourself/a/chunking1106.htm

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