Information Processing

Information Processing

Processing involves scanning the envionment and creating images of the world or its parts often stored in short term memory. Many elements such as motivation, issues of economy, achievement needs, defensiveness, preestablished sets, or preconceived attitudes can influence processing strategies. Nonetheless most people develop general processing habits they use when inputting new information. Thus, when confronted with ten vague inkblots containing ambiguous and semi-ambiguous features, the accumulated response pattern given by the person taking the test provides a modicum of important information about the patient's processing effort, quality, and general approach to taking in information.

Organizational Activity

Organizational activity provides an esitmate the relative extent to which a patient efficiently and effectively organizes the disparate aspects of the inkblots. The estimate is rough because the frequency of organizational activity can be exageraged by other types of scores; therefore, this score needs to be evaluated in the context of other scores.

Processing Efficiency

Although the frequency of Organizational Activity provides information on the patient's motivation and effort they put forth into their perceptions, the quality or accuracy of this effort needs to be assessed in the context of their Processing Efficiency. Processing Effeciency evaluates the ease and accuracy of the patient's information processing.

Developmental Quality

Developmental Quality relates to a patient's relative ability to analyze and synthesize information. In other words, it measures "cognitive sophistication" or cognitive development. A high scores are consistent with more intelligent, complex, and sophisticated individuals. Nevertheless, a greater complexity in perception does not necessarily translate into healthy adjustment or accurate cognitions.