Information Processing Model Definition | Psychology Glossary

In psychology, a common framework for cognitive psychologists is called the information processing model. It’s where psychologists assume the mind behaves somewhat like a computer, and processes thought in the same way. A computer, just like the mind, receives input and information, organizes it, and then stores it in temporary and permanent memory.

For example:

  • In computers, their input devices are keyboards, microphones, and mice. Our input device is called the sensory register, which is made up of our eyes, nose, ears, and other sensory parts of our body
  • Information is processed in computers by CPUs, whereas in humans it’s our working and short-term memory. Moving it over to the hard drive is a computer’s version of us transferring memories and information into our long-term memory.
  • Then computers have output devices like computer screens, audio, and printers. For us, it’s our behavior and actions like facial expressions, speech, and body movements.

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