What is Visual Thinking?

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Visual Thinking

November 10, 2011

I recently came across a blog post from the Visual Leap that I wanted to share with everybody. Visual thinking, aka. visual learning, is a proven method of organizing ideas graphically. As we’ve previously mentioned the brain is predisposed to remembering images, so why not take advantage of this?

Visual thinking is a learning strategy in which concepts, ideas, data and other information are associated with images. (To see an example of visual learning in action check out our previous blog post.) According to studies conducted by the Institute for the Advancement of Research in Education, visual learning techniques improve:

  • Test scores
  • Writing proficiency
  • Long-term Retention
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Thinking and Learning Skills

Source: http://www.c2bdesign.com/visual-thinking.html

Visual thinking allows people to see how ideas are connected and realize how information can be grouped and organized. With visual thinking, concepts are more thoroughly understood as people are able to draw connections and establish relationships between ideas.

So, next time you are faced with explaining that complex problem to a large group of people, try it communicating it visually. It may help foster a more insightful discussion leading to more rewarding results.

2 Responses to “What is Visual Thinking?”

  1. Matt

    Hey Troy,

    I just looked up the research you referred to. Here is the PDF summary of it that I found: http://cf.inspiration.com/download/pdf/SBR_summary.pdf

    It clearly demonstrates the benefits of visual thinking/learning for students. Are you aware of a similar serious study on the benefits of visual thinking within businesses?




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