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3.5 Summary of Section 3

When consciously perceiving complex material, such as when looking for a particular letter of a particular colour:

  • Perception requires attention.

  • The attention has to be focused upon one item at a time, thus …

  • processing is serial.

  • Some parallel processing may take place, but…

  • it is detected indirectly, such as by the influence of one word upon another.


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