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Simultaneous Processing

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Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology


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Simultaneous processing is the process of combining discrete and unconnected stimuli into a single group or whole to assist in comprehension and interpretation. It involves the comprehension of the relationships of and between separate entities and its relation or position to the whole. The integration of distinct yet interrelated stimuli can also facilitate the ability to uncover underlying patterns in verbal and nonverbal information.

Simultaneous processing can be helpful to accomplish tasks where the focus is on solving problems where the objective of the task demands conceptualization of parts into a cohesive whole. Spatial characteristics are often associated with simultaneous processing for this reason. Additionally, simultaneous processing has been applied to utilization and comprehension of logical and grammatical statements. For example, in order for an individual to fully understand meaning of an idea presented, he or she needs to...

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Huang, L.V. (2011). Simultaneous Processing. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY.

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