How Dual Coding Theory & Visual Learning work in our brains.

The basics of dual coding theory are that cognition includes the activity of two relating but different mental codes. A verbal code that has to do with language and a visual that is for non-language subjects, like mental images. They are different, however they’re connected with each other and work on their own. The verbal code functions more than the nonverbal in some instances and the nonverbal code functions more than the other at times but they are used together. During dual coding perception and memory are being used. Hearing, vision and touch in the case of language, and all five senses in the case of mental images are all used during dual coding.

Here is a video that can help you better understand on how dual coding works:


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  1. This video is very interesting. When in the scouts when I was younger we had this competition with other local groups called the Klondike. They had two activities there that were similar to this video. The first was a simple memorization game, your group of four would remember thirty random items. At the end of the day you had to try to remember all the items you had seen. You couldn’t write anything down all day, there just wasn’t time. So through out the events me and my group would try to make up stories to go along with the miscellaneous items we had saw earlier the weirder the story the easier it was to remember. The second was a flag communication game where you had to guess what the other team was signing to you from across the lake. There are a certain number of approved signals that you got ahead of time to practice. We again tried to put pictures in our minds versus letters and numbers. We actually were pretty good at it and won every year that my troop was involved.


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