Preparing For Your Informationprocessing Postassessment

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Before you do your postassessment, let's see how you might apply some of the techniques of this chapter to the information-processing preassessment. First, refresh your mind by rereading the shopping scenario on page 83.

Here are some examples of how you might have used the information-processing techniques of this chapter to help you remember the items on your errands list:

• Imaging: Look for the list in your memory. Visualize the place where you wrote the items on the list. You may be able to see the paper in your mind. If so, read it!

• Coding: If you encode the list of the items before you leave the house, you might be able to recall the list. How about using your body as the code? Start at the top with your head. Your hair is on top—get your sister at the beauty shop. Next your mouth: You need to get a prescription as well as the groceries. Then your clothes, watch, and shoes are on your body. You need your hands to buy birthday cards. In your purse or pockets, you carry money, so go to the bank. Keep scanning over your body until you have accomplished all the tasks.

• Mnemonics: Try to find a phrase to remind you of the stops: cleaners, shoe repair, druggist, watch repair, grocery, beauty shop, bank. You might want to rearrange the list to find a good mnemonic. We found this one: SGDBBCW—Some Great Danes bark, but collies wag.

• Hierarchy: You will need a device for the list of items at the grocery store. Use the food pyramid to organize the foods you need: sweets at the top (ice cream), then meat and dairy (soup), next fruits and vegetables (bananas), and bottom grains (breads and rice).

• Associations: There will be some help in the car with you. You will have the shirts and suit with you. That should remind you of the cleaners trip. Associate picking up with dropping off—that is, the shoes with the clothing.

• Auditory learning-style preference: Read the items aloud before leaving the house.

• Visual learning-style preference: Look over the list before you leave the house.

• Kinesthetic learning-style preference: See yourself at each of the stops before leaving the house.

• Spatial: Plan your route before you leave the house. Plan to take the shortest route to all of the stops. Num ber the stops on the list in the order you will make them. This planning session alone will rehearse the list of errands in meaningful arrangements. Your brain will take notice that this is important information, and perhaps some of it will linger in short-term memory long enough for you to accomplish your tasks.

Notice that we did not explicitly remember the list of items at the cleaners. They probably will not require a list. You most likely have the ticket for the cleaners, and if not, the cleaners has a record of what you dropped off. Spend your time and mental energy on the items for which you do not have a ready prompt.

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