Psych M.D. - Recognition

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February 16, 2009

Term: Recognition
Definition (Myers): A measure of memory in which the person need only identify items previously learned, as on a multiple choice test.
Definition (alternative): Recognition is identifying something you learned previously and is therefore stored in some manner in memory. For example, taking a multiple choice test requires you to identify material you learned and not necessarily "recall" information learned previously. *
Contextual explanation: Recognition is simply an awareness that an object, word, sentence, person etc. has been known or experienced before. Multiple choice questions do not need full recall of what you've learned. Just the fact that the word had appeared is recognition. *

Related terms and concepts:
Memory
Recall

Relearning
Encoding
Storage
Retrieval
Recognition - The Neuron*
Students tend to like multiple choice questions much better than fill in the blanks (without the word bank) because they simply have to "recognize" the words that seem familiar to be the answer, whereas fill in the blank without the word bank require full "recall" of the answer. Fill in the blank with the word bank would be the same as multiple choice question.
Related websites:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recognition
-> here, detailed explanation of recognition is given. It gives further links that you can go to that is related to recognition.
Edited by: Elaine

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