Stage theories describe perception in terms of the rapid analysis of stimuli in consecutive stages. Sensory features are focused on first and then compared with stored abstractions. However, several findings indicate that perception occurs at meaningful, deeper levels first (Craik & Lockhart, 1972). Stage theories are associated with the multi-level view. The levels view focuses on types of analysis rather than on kinds of memory. According to this view the more superficial properties of a stimulus are analysed first and the more profound properties later.


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