the hypothesis postulating that pattern recognition progresses by comparing an input sensory arousal pattern to cognitive pictures or symbolizations of patterns until a match is located. This theory is majorly thought to be too basic, since the same stimulant can be observed from many viewpoints, thereby changing the input pattern, and since a specific stimulant can have a multitude of different variations; it is not possible to store a template for each particular viewpoint or variation.

TEMPLATE-MATCHING THEORY: "Most science professionals do not entertain the use of the template-matching theory."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "TEMPLATE-MATCHING THEORY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 29, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/template-matching-theory/ (accessed December 5, 2022).


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