Semantic processing

Semantic processing is a kind of processing which occurs after we hear a word and encode its meaning.

Semantic processing causes us to relate the word we just heard to other words with similar meanings. Once a word is perceived, it is placed in a context mentally that allows for a deeper processing. It is the deepest level of processing and it requires the listener to think about the meaning of the cue.

This semantic processing produces memory traces that last longer than those produced by shallow processing. Deep processing and  semantic processing is used to creates a much stronger memory trace.

Share it:  Cite

More from this Section

  • F-scale
    F-scale is a questionnaire designed during the study of the 'authoritarian personality' ...
  • Norms
    All groups have norms standards or expectations that are accepted and shard by a group’s ...
  • Hallucinogen
  • Incentive approaches
    Incentive approaches to motivation suggest that motivation stems from the desire to obtain ...
  • Subconscious
    Subconscious means something that is not quite conscious but can readily be made conscious. ...