Top-Down Processing: Examples & Definition


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Top-down processing is associated with which area of psychology?

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1. The phrase top-down is in reference to

2. An example of top-down processing is

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Sensory information, according to psychologists, is processed in two ways: either through top-down processing or bottom-up processing. This lesson defines and explains top-down processing and contrasts it with the bottom-up processing of sensory information. The accompanying quiz/worksheet will test your knowledge of these concepts and the terms associated with them.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you'll be tested on:

  • The sensory areas of the brain associated with top-down processing
  • What top-down processing means
  • Examples of top-down processing
  • The advantages of top-down processing

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allows students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson.
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding top-down processing and interpret it correctly
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as the difference between top-down and bottom-up processing.
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about top-down processing.

Additional Learning

To learn more about top-down processing, read or view the accompanying lesson entitled Top-Down Processing: Examples, Definition & Quiz. This lesson covers the following aspects of psychology:

  • The two types of information processing associated with sensation and perception.
  • A definition and explanation of top-down versus bottom-up processing.
  • Examples of top-down processing
  • Comparisons of top-down processing to everyday situations