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George Miller

Discussion in 'In Memorium' started by mhammer, Aug 2, 2012.

  1. mhammer


    Nov 30, 2007
    Ottawa, Ontario
    No, not the comedian, or the guy who made the Mad Max films. This is George Miller the seminal thinker in cognitive psychology in the second half of the 20th century.

    Those of you who ever took a Psych 101 course will have heard about "the magic number 7, plus or minus two". This classic paper from the 1950's, about the limits of human attentional capacity, and its implications, laid much of the foundation for the study of thinking and human information processing, human factors research, and so many other things. As an undergrad, we read the book he co-wrote called "Plans and the Structure of Behaviour", which was probably one of the first occasions where thinking started to get depicted in terms of flow charts that could be transposed to software and early attempts at artificial intelligence. Indeed, much of what sits in your cellphone right now is a byproduct of Miller's work.

    The cute part of the NY Times obituary comes at the end. Apparently the only hole-in-one he ever got in his life was when he was 77, and using a 7 iron.
  2. greco

    greco Gold Member

    Jul 15, 2007
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Thanks for taking the time to write about Dr. Miller's work. I had heard about this (i.e., the magic number 7) in the past but didn't know who to attribute it to. My studies didn't involve any "formal" psychology.


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