Encoding. By Lauren Castellano

Encoding. By Lauren Castellano

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the connection between encoding and remembering at its core is levels of processing for this concept psychologists say that the more deeply we encode information the better we’re able to recall it but now what do we mean by deeply psychologists haven’t identified three different levels of processing before I get started in describing this I want you to remember these three words tablet Bell amethyst okay let’s get started the first is structural the second is phonetic and the third is semantic so for the level of processing structural would be shallow and we’d go down to semantic which would be deep and remember the more deeply encoded the information the better we recall it so let’s look at probability of recall the shallow level of processing would give us a low probability of recalling the information in the deep level of processing would give us a high probability of recall let’s say for example I wanted you to remember the word amethyst at the structural level I may ask you to describe whether the word has capital letters or lowercase letters at the phonetic level I may ask you to think of words that rhyme with amethyst and finally at the semantic level I may ask you to describe what an amethyst is it’s purple it’s in fact a stone and it’s even the birthstone for the month of February here psychologists would say if you’re able to engage in all three levels of processing semantic phonetic and structural we would have a better ability to recall the information at a later time

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