Ch 17: GACE Behavioral Science: Information Processing

About This Chapter

You'll come out of this chapter better-prepared for the GACE Behavioral Science assessment after reviewing the refresher lessons on information processing. Videos and practice quizzes cover a variety of potential assessment questions.

GACE Behavioral Science: Information Processing - Chapter Summary

The main kinds of information transfer and different problem-solving strategies are some of the items that you can verify your knowledge of in this chapter's practice quizzes. More possible GACE Behavioral Science questions that this Information Processing chapter prepares you for involve:

  • The kinds of schemata
  • Various sorts of attention
  • The cognitive perspective
  • Divergent and convergent thinking
  • The bottom-up and top-down kinds of processing

Check out each of the short video lessons on a computer or type of handheld device at a time of your choosing. In case there's anything in one of these video lessons that you want to double-check, using the video tags will get you to the segment fast.

GACE Behavioral Science: Information Processing Chapter Objectives

The GACE Behavioral Science assessment gauges your familiarity with its items in order to determine your eligibility for teacher certification. Refreshing your memory on information processing will prepare you specifically for the Psychology subarea's questions on Test I. Any items concerned with information processing will be among this subarea's 80% share of the 60 selected-response questions across Test I.

8 Lessons in Chapter 17: GACE Behavioral Science: Information Processing
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Cognitive Perspective of Learning & Information Processing

1. Cognitive Perspective of Learning & Information Processing

When you see or hear something in your environment, how does your brain recognize what you are seeing or hearing? This lesson introduces the cognitive perspective in psychology, including the difference between sensation and perception. We'll also discuss the famous Gestalt principles of perception that you do automatically every day but didn't necessarily know there were names for what your brain was doing.

Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

2. Information Processing: Encoding, Storage & Retrieval

How does your brain remember information and recall it later? In this lesson, you'll look at the steps your brain takes as it processes data from short-term memory and stores it as long-term memory.

Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

3. Knowledge Organization: Schemata and Scripts

How does your mind organize the world? When you see a new animal, can you easily tell if it's a bird, mammal or fish? Categories and mental structures, such as types of animals, are called schemata. This lesson discusses different types of schemata and why they are important.

Types of Information Transfer

4. Types of Information Transfer

When you acquire one skill, does that ability help or hurt your ability to learn other skills? For example, learning to play the guitar might help you learn to play the banjo, but it probably doesn't affect your ability to learn the geography of Africa. This lesson focuses on transfer of information, including positive, negative and zero transfer, as well as the difference between high-road and low-road transfer of information.

Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

5. Attention as Part of Cognitive Development: Definition & Process

We pay attention in various ways, every day. In this lesson, we will look into the four types of attention we consistently use and look at how attention spans change throughout a lifetime.

Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

6. Attention and Top-Down vs. Bottom-Up Processing

Are you a big-picture person or do you get caught up in the details? Explore two ways that you can use your cognitive resources to focus your attention. This lesson provides both the details and the big picture for top-down and bottom-up processing.

Cognitive Thinking: Creativity, Brainstorming and Convergent & Divergent Thinking

7. Cognitive Thinking: Creativity, Brainstorming and Convergent & Divergent Thinking

Creativity is useful in almost any situation, but how is creativity defined? This lesson covers the definition of creativity and discusses how creativity requires several different types of thinking, including divergent thinking and synthetic, analytic, and practical intelligence. This lesson also defines and describes brainstorming.

Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

8. Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies

We solve hundreds of small problems everyday. This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs. non-routine, and many of the different problem-solving strategies we use, including algorithms, heuristics, graphic representations and the IDEAL Strategy.

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