Is semantic processing useful for understanding the word’s meaning?

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When processing a word semantically, i.e., when looking at the meaning, we think about it more deeply than when we simply look at the way the word appears on paper or the way it sounds when said out loud.  As a result of this deeper processing, we are consequently able to remember the word better – it is more deeply coded into our memory meaning it’s less likely to be lost and therefore more easily brought into working memory.  These results are co-inside with data found by other researchers such as Craik and Lockhart who concluded that words processed more deeply cause better retention of said words.  Another example of research which appears to support the assertion that thinking about language more deeply leads to better memory was done by Bransford et al. who gave participants two sentences: “A...
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