Question Two – Chunking

2 Nov

Chunking is the technique of grouping information in order to make it easier to remember. The reason it is an important technique is because it decreases the cognitive load for the person trying to remember the information.
An example of chunking is, say someone had a list of fifteen different ingredients that they needed to remember. It would be difficult for them to simply remember the ingredient list off the top of their head. So, they can employ the technique of chunking. How to chunk is quite simple, firstly they would decide what categories they would like to make and then place each thing in the category that fits the most. Some example categories for an ingredient list could be solids, liquids, vegetables, ingredients for the base, ingredients for the sauce etc.
Chunking can also be seen in things other than lists. Such as a library, a library has a system in which the books are divided into fiction and non-fiction. The further chunked into sections depending on the genre. Then they are placed alphabetically in the order of the author’s last name. If a library had no chunking system it would be nearly impossible to find the book you.

Chunking can reduce cognitive load as it make it easier to remember things and easier to find what you are looking for. In some case chunking even reduces kinematic load, as chunking makes places such as libraries and shopping centres more organised and therefore people spend less time walking around lost.

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