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Processing Information

Correlation with organizational skills and ability to processing information
         How do you process information? Start by determining what type of an information processor you are: visual, auditory, or kinesthetic/tactile.  In the information processing spectrum, you generally will have tendencies in each of the following three processing cateogries:

  • Visual processor –
  1. I write it down what I need to remember.
  2. I visualize myself wearing something to make a decision about what I want to wear.
  3. I take copious notes during meetings and often can remember what the page of notes looks like before I remember what the notes say.
  4. I need to look at a person when they're speaking.
  5. Distractions can prevent me from focusing on my work.
  6. A graph display of data helps me understanding numerical information.
  7. I am horrible at remembering jokes, especially the punch line!
  8. To remember phone numbers, I need to visualize typing them on a phone's key pad.
  • Auditory processor –
  1. I prefer to listen to books on tape or to read books aloud, then read silently.
  2. The more I discuss a problem with my peers, the easier it is to find a solution.
  3. I could attend class lectures and perform fine on the tests without further studying.
  4. I can remember what people have said before I remember who said it.
  5. I am not good at multitasking. I prefer to complete one task before starting a new one. Carrying a small recording device allows me to record a message to myself.
  6. I can shut out distracting noises and conversations.
  7. When I forget how to spell a word, I sound it out.
  8. At the grocery store, I repeat my list either in my head or aloud.
  • Kinesthetic/Tactile processor –
  1. When I take on a project, I start doing instead of taking the time to develop a plan.
  2. Every hour I get up and move around my office to take a break from my work.
  3. I don't need to be at my desk to do work. I can work effectively in waiting areas of airports.
  4. I can remember a client's name better if I shake their hand.
  5. I would like to ride my bike to work, but my community does not have bike lanes and paths.
  6. I think more clearly after exercising.
  7. I am aware of changes of temperature and drafts in my office.
  8. I am easily distracted, my mind drifts to pleasant memories. Restrict the number of objects on your desk to limit distractions when you need to concentrate.
       Did you encounter statements that are representative of you? Knowing what works for you can provide  information about your processing preferences. Discovering the optimum organization system that works well for you is the best method of coping with your daily environmental distractions.

The Theory of Information Processing
There is more to imparting knowledge and expertise, then the ability to demonstrate specific academic skills or performance of a sport. The communication or imparting of information is a skill all unto itself. Some individuals may seem to have a natural ability to communicate, while other must work hard at acquiring the information in the presence of a skilled teacher.

       A truly great teacher is described as a "Water Walker" or someone who can walk on water. It is a rare talent. Such an individual can hold the audience's attention and leave them wanting even more information when the presentation ends. They inspire people to push themselves beyond what they believe they can achieve.

       Successful coaches must learn how to teach. Most colleges and universities award physical education and recreation education degrees. Graduates take course on how to properly teach the necessary technical and performance skills for competitive and recreational athletes.

Differences in how individuals learn
       All students learn differently. Training must be customized to their physical, mental, social, and emotional needs.

       Parents, instructors, and coaches must be aware of the how children process information to create an enhanced learning environment.

       Everyone who interacts with children, for the purpose of shaping their future, should be able to communicate using a combination of materials to convey their thoughts through more than just one of the following learning styles:
  • Visual processing
  • Auditory processing
  • Kinesthetically processing
        Understanding how a skater receives and processes information allows a coach to set goals for their skater that will allow them the opportunity to maximize their participation and potential

Recommended Reading:

Understanding how you process information May 14, 2008 ... Identifying how your process information can help you determine which ... these types of information processor are known as learning styles.


Information processing - Emerging Perspectives on Learning June 25, 2012 ... Information processing (IP) is a cognitive processing theory (see, Ashcraft, 1994).

Information Processing Disorders March 6, 2009 ... Sight, smell, hearing, taste and touch are all ways the body collects information. It is NOT the result of hearing loss, impaired vision, an attention deficit disorder or any kind of intellectual or cognitive deficit.

Cognitive Information Processing Sensory memory allows the learners to organize groups of information or patterns in their environment; learners recognize and then process these patterns.


The following internet links have been gleaned from personal communications
combined with information from public institutions and athletic organizations/
associations that have a web presence with information concerning team and
individual sports programs:

Learning Considerations
PDF  Attentional Focus
PDF  Spatial Disorientation
PDF  Effects of Mood on Performance
PDF  Confidence through Motivation
PDF  Transfer of Learning Issues

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