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# The study of the analog position of mental representation has many fas

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The study of the analog position of mental representation has many fascinating branches which help illuminate the inner workings of our minds and how we perceive images in our mind‘s eye. This theory points to the link between the time it takes to solve mental problems and their complexity.

In a now-famous study, Stephen Kosslyn asked subjects to imagine an animal, such as a rabbit, next to either an elephant or a fly. When the image was formed, Kosslyn would ask whether or not the target animal had a particular attribute. For example, Kosslyn might say, ―elephant, rabbit,‖ and then ―leg.‖ He found that it took subjects longer to answer when the target animal was next to the large animal than when it was next to the small animal. Kosslyn interpreted this to mean that subjects had to zoom in on the image to detect the particular feature. Just as one has difficulty seeing details on small objects, so the subjects could not simply mentally ―see‖ details on the smaller object in their mental image.

Second, Kosslyn and colleagues demonstrated that the time it takes to scan between two points depends on the distance between the two points [in a memorized image]. In one experiment, subjects memorized an array of letters separated by different distances. Kosslyn found that the farther apart the letters were from each other, the longer it took to answer questions about one of the letters. One of the principal hypotheses of the analog position of mental representation, which is the idea that mental processing requires one to move sequentially through all intervening steps to solve a problem, is that mental images have regular properties.

In a similar experiment, Kosslyn had subjects memorize pictures of objects like a plane or a motorboat. Then he had them focus on one part of the object (e.g., the motor) and move to another (e.g., the anchor). He found that the time it took to determine whether the second part was present depended on the distance between the two parts in the memorized picture.

Using a completely different paradigm, Shepard and Feng tested the amount of time that it would take for subjects to specify whether two arrows on unfolded blocks matched up. They found a linear relationship between the number of folds between the arrows and the time it took to make this judgment, suggesting that subjects went through a discrete series of organized steps in order to solve this problem.

The final type of experiment showing that mental images have regular properties is perhaps the most famous: mental rotation experiments. In 1971, Shepard and Metzler tested subjects‘ abilities to make complex figure comparisons. They presented subjects with a three dimensional ―standard‖ figure and a comparison figure which was either identical to the standard figure, or its mirror image; the comparison stimulus was rotated, either clockwise or into the third dimension. Shepard and Metzler found that the time needed to judge whether the comparison stimulus was identical or a mirror image depended directly on the size of the angle between the target orientation and the orientation of the standard.

1. According to the way it is presented by the author in the passage, the analog position of mental representation argues that:

A. mental processing requires one to go sequentially through all intervening steps to solve a problem.
B. one typically uses short cuts to solve mental problems.
C. it should take longer to solve more complex problems.
D. most problems are not able to be solved by people without help.
E. the closer two points are the more time it takes to mentally scan between them

2. According to the scanning experiments mentioned in the passage, it should take longer to scan longer distances because the subjects:

A. believe that there is no relationship between distance and time.
B. have to keep time with a metronome set up by the experimenter.
C. form a mental picture of the scene and go through all the intervening positions in the picture.
D. are tricked by the experimenter into taking a longer time.
E. tend to forget things quickly

3. According to the passage, why does Kosslyn say it takes longer to identify attributes of objects when they are next to a bigger object than when they are next to a smaller object?

A. Because one scans objects in order of size from larger to smaller
B. Because the larger object covers the smaller object and one must move it out of the way
C. Because large and small objects have all the same features and so interfere with each other
D. Because one must zoom in to see parts of the smaller object when it is next to a larger object
E. Because the larger object looks more visually imposing

Originally posted by sandysilva on 01 Feb 2018, 13:17.
Last edited by SajjadAhmad on 13 Sep 2019, 03:48, edited 1 time in total.
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A long passage with fairly easy questions

1. According to the way it is presented by the author in the passage, the analog position of mental representation argues that:

A. mental processing requires one to go sequentially through all intervening steps to solve a problem. -- Correct choice.This is mentioned in para 3
B. one typically uses short cuts to solve mental problems. -- Opposite
C. it should take longer to solve more complex problems. --Incorrect
D. most problems are not able to be solved by people without help. --Out of scope
E. the closer two points are the more time it takes to mentally scan between them -- Opposite

2. According to the scanning experiments mentioned in the passage, it should take longer to scan longer distances because the subjects:

A. believe that there is no relationship between distance and time. --Out of scope
B. have to keep time with a metronome set up by the experimenter. --Out of scope
C. form a mental picture of the scene and go through all the intervening positions in the picture. -- Correct choice as per para 2
D. are tricked by the experimenter into taking a longer time. --Out of scope

3. According to the passage, why does Kosslyn say it takes longer to identify attributes of objects when they are next to a bigger object than when they are next to a smaller object?

A. Because one scans objects in order of size from larger to smaller --Out of scope
B. Because the larger object covers the smaller object and one must move it out of the way --Out of scope
C. Because large and small objects have all the same features and so interfere with each other --not supported by the passage
D. Because one must zoom in to see parts of the smaller object when it is next to a larger object --It is mentioned in para 2 that Kosslyn believes ―subjects had to zoom in on the image to detect the particular feature.Hence, this is the correct choice.
E. Because the larger object looks more visually imposing-- visually imposing has nothing to do here.
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3 mins 33 secs... got all correct. A pretty simple questions associated with the passage which is only challenging because of its length ( five or six paragraphs!) and one must remember the flow and main point to answer.

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11 Oct 2018, 07:37
Can anyone provide notes they made for this paragraph. I need them as an example to compare with mine .

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14 Oct 2018, 01:37
raveesh1203 wrote:
Can anyone provide notes they made for this paragraph. I need them as an example to compare with mine .

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Para 1 introduces the analog hypothesis of mental imaging and states that four types of experiments support the idea that mental images have regular properties.
Para 2 describes the 1st experiment highlighting the mind‘s reaction to relative sizes of mental images.
Para 3 describes the 2nd experiment demonstrating perceptions of distance in mental images.
Para 4 describes the 3rd experiment suggesting that problems can be solved mentally by manipulating mental images.
Para 5 describes the 4th experiment suggesting that the time needed to mentally compare figures depends on how similar those figures initially appear.

Hope this helps!
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14 Oct 2018, 08:15
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here you go:
Para 1: A theory involving brain: 1) Solve a problem 2) complexity of a problem
Para 2: Theory: 1st finding; Big VS small : Size
Para 3: distance between 2 objects: process sequentially
para 4: Picture shown: again distance between 2 objects
Para 5: Time taken due to thinking @ discrete steps
Para 6: 3D : depends on angle

Overall : A theory with different examples.

please let me know how you did it.

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07 Jan 2019, 02:12
3 mins 33 secs... got all correct. A pretty simple questions associated with the passage which is only challenging because of its length ( five or six paragraphs!) and one must remember the flow and main point to answer.

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Got all correct
But can you suggest me a strong reason to eliminate Question 1, option C

I found that Option A, correct , but found C too appealing

C: it should take more time to solve more complex problem......what is wrong ....as it can be correctly inferred from the examples of study mentioned in passage that as complexity of problem increase, time to solve those problem increases
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28 Jan 2019, 09:02
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raveesh1203 wrote:
Can anyone provide notes they made for this paragraph. I need them as an example to compare with mine .

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Para 1 introduces the analog hypothesis of mental imaging and states that four types of experiments support the idea that mental images have regular properties.
Para 2 describes the 1st experiment highlighting the mind‘s reaction to relative sizes of mental images.
Para 3 describes the 2nd experiment demonstrating perceptions of distance in mental images.
Para 4 describes the 3rd experiment suggesting that problems can be solved mentally by manipulating mental images.
Para 5 describes the 4th experiment suggesting that the time needed to mentally compare figures depends on how similar those figures initially appear.

Hope this helps!

Where in first passage mentioned that "four types of experiments" support idea or 4 types of experiments are going to come in next passages ?

Unless you read whole RC, you won't know 4 studies are mentioned.
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28 Jan 2019, 09:03
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3 mins 33 secs... got all correct. A pretty simple questions associated with the passage which is only challenging because of its length ( five or six paragraphs!) and one must remember the flow and main point to answer.

Regards,

Got all correct
But can you suggest me a strong reason to eliminate Question 1, option C

I found that Option A, correct , but found C too appealing

C: it should take more time to solve more complex problem......what is wrong ....as it can be correctly inferred from the examples of study mentioned in passage that as complexity of problem increase, time to solve those problem increases

I chose C for 1st question.
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3 mins 33 secs... got all correct. A pretty simple questions associated with the passage which is only challenging because of its length ( five or six paragraphs!) and one must remember the flow and main point to answer.

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Gladiator59, you took 3 min 33 sec :O) Amazing. How did you read so quickly?
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29 Jan 2019, 00:38
There is no need to hurry through the questions at faster than 90 secs per question so for these three questions a good timing would be around 4.5 - 5 mins.

Having said that, every minute saved can be used elsewhere so we need to strike a balance.

I don't have a definitive answer but could think ofa few ways to speed up. (More ways here) One could be practice reading faster in day-to-day life and make sure you are making a mental note of all contrast words or conclusion indicators. When you practice enough passages you would also be able to tackle them faster (the main point to remember again is being within the time limit mentioned above and focussing more on accuracy.) Hope this helps.

Good luck!
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3 mins 33 secs... got all correct. A pretty simple questions associated with the passage which is only challenging because of its length ( five or six paragraphs!) and one must remember the flow and main point to answer.

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Gladiator59, you took 3 min 33 sec :O) Amazing. How did you read so quickly?

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