Learning Through Visualization and Imagery
Using visualization and mental imagery can boost memory, understanding and recall when learning new information.
The benefits of learning through visualization include:
- It creates stronger memory traces. Visual images are processed by a different part of the brain and form durable memory codes.
- It provides context for facts and concepts. Visualizing information in a context helps you understand and remember it better.
- It engages multiple senses. When you see something in your "mind's eye," you're more likely to remember it.
- It forms associations. Visualizing relationships between concepts helps you organize and integrate information.
- It activates both hemispheres of the brain. Using both logical and intuitive thinking maximizes learning.
To use visualization effectively:
- Read through information once normally.
- Close your eyes and visualize the key facts, people, places, processes, etc.
- Mentally walk through examples, applications and explanations.
- Add sensory details like sounds, smells and feelings when possible.
- Make visualizations as vivid, colorful and realistic as you can.
- Practice recalling the visual images to test your understanding.
With practice, visualization and mental imagery can become automatic study tools that boost memory, understanding and recall of anything you learn.