The Mind’s Eye & Internal Imagery

This video describes a guy becoming fully blind and after a while, he accepted it, causing him to focus on other senses, such as; touching and hearing.  Additionally, it talks about comments from other blind individuals.  For instance; a man stating that even though he is blind, he can still see his hands as he type.  In addition to, a blind male stating that even though he can not see, he is a very good visualizer.

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Williams Syndrome

Hey guys

I found this interesting article that talks about a rare genetic disorder called Williams Syndrome. This disorder has to do with the inability to understand or recognize spatial cognition. Children with this disease also have what you would call an extreme fascination with music. This is an illustration of a boy with Williams Syndrome attempting to draw an elephant.

Elephant drawing This is the caption under the picture….

“The dissociation between language and spatial cognition in Williams Syndrome is evident in this contrast between the drawing and verbal description of an elephant by an 15-year old with WMS (IQ of 49).”

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:

Mental Imagery

I found this video on mental imagery. It was really interesting because they found that in their experiment with describing a picture after you see it while staring at a blank white screen, you describe it and your eyes move as if you were still looking at the actual picture. It also talks about how blind people also have mental imagery although they can not see. They are able to imagine things although they have never actually seen them. This relates to class because it talks about mental imagery and shows how the brain works when reciting what you have seen.