A Short Lesson In Visualization and Observation For Memory Improvement
Throughout many articles and books authors ask you to picture or visualize various objects, faces and places. Some people worry that because they are unable to produce in their mind’s eye a faithful representation of items, such as an apple or cow, then these techniques will not work. However, you don’t need to produce a photographic replica of the item, all that is required is simply to imagine some particularly memorable aspect of whatever it is you are attempting to visualize.
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Let’s say you want to picture a panda bear. There’s no need to visualize the exact proportions of its nose in relation to its ears or the glint of the sun catching its fur. Just think of a cartoon image of a big black and white fluffy animal with black eyes and maybe some sharp claws.
I find when I am chasing through a list of, say, 100 words, and trying to commit them to memory, I concentrate on getting a flash of one element of the object. For example, all I may see for the word shoe is a shoelace, or for a telephone I may get a split-second picture of the keypad on my own phone.
Remember, the word “imagine” does not only mean, to form a mental image, it can also mean to devise or contrive. The image you create is specific to you – it exists only in your mind and is not real outside of this perception.
There are techniques for developing powers of mental imagery, and the more you exercise your memory the stronger your inner eye will become.
EXERCISE: Visualization through Observation
This is a great exercise for enhancing the visual side of your memory as well as developing powers of observation.
1. First, take any household object near to hand such as a telephone, vase, kettle or radio. Let’s suppose you choose your kettle, study it for about 15 to 20 seconds to observe as many aspects of it as possible.
2. Now close your eyes and recall as much about that object as you can in your mind’s eye. To begin with, all you may recollect is the shape of the kettle’s body and the curve of the handle. When you’ve run out of ideas, open your eyes and take in more detail, such as the shape of the spout or the manufacturer’s name.
3. Close your eyes once more and add your new observations to your original mental picture. Then open your eyes again to observe more detail. Keep repeating this pattern of open eyes – observe – close eyes – review, until you have absorbed as many features of the kettle as you possibly can.
4. Now, without looking at the object, try to sketch these memorized features in your notebook. When you have exhausted your visualized recollections of the kettle, take one final viewing to notice if there is any more detail that you could add to your stored mental picture file.
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Try this exercise now and i am sure it will help you not only be more imaginative but also more creative.
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