Short-Term Memory and Web Usability (Jakob Nielsen's Alertbox)

“The human brain today is the same as the human brain 10,000 years ago. … Many of the skills needed to use computers highly useful [to the cavemen].. Such skills include remembering obscure codes from one screen to the next and interpreting highly abbreviated form-field labels. It’s no surprise that people are no good at these skills, since they weren’t important for survival in the ancestral environment.”

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