Magnitude Discrimination 


Magnitue Discrimination or size. All information coming into the mind must be assigned some kind of magnitude. Individuals who cannot do this accurately or appropriately will frequently assign the wrong importance, emotional intensity, or physical size to whatever they are doing. When a child misperceives an undertaking as too large and difficult, they may surrender without even trying. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a child who misperceives a project as too small and easy does not set aside sufficient time to accomplish the task. Studying is difficult because they cannot tell what information is important, and what is an irrelevant detail.

Those with impeded magnitude discrimination often appear unorganized because they can't gauge the size of a task, how long it will take to complete, and when they should start in order to complete it on time. They also tend to misinterpret the importance of a given situation and thus overreact or underreact.