depth of processing

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The cognitive level at which a stimulus is analysed. For example, the word clock, presented as a visual stimulus, may be perceived as a collection of black marks on white paper, or as a string of five letters, or as a word with a corresponding pronunciation, or it may evoke a mental representation of a complicated mechanism capable of keeping time, each of these responses representing a greater depth of processing than its predecessor. See levels of processing.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine — Psychology.

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