Mental activity needing deliberation and control that involves the sense of effort. Compare automaticity. See mental effort.
EFFORTFUL PROCESSING: "In effortful processing we use control and deliberation."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "EFFORTFUL PROCESSING," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/effortful-processing/ (accessed March 23, 2023).