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dual-code theory

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1 A theory of imagery according to which imaginative cognition involves the activity of two functionally independent subsystems: a non-verbal imagery system specialized to handle objects and events, and a verbal imagery system specialized to perceive and generate language. See also dual-process model.

2 A theory according to which physical objects and events are stored in memory in the form of both visual images and verbal representations, whereas abstract information is represented only verbally. DCT abbrev.

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