What is Visual Thinking?
The human brain has a remarkable ability to think in visuals, we use 75% of our brain for processing visually, a fact that was largely overlooked until recent decades. Although it was once believed that all thought was based on language.
While it may be difficult to provide a universally accepted definition for visual thinking, there are certain characteristics that are commonly associated with it.
- The ability to organize ideas graphically
- Recall information as images
- Intuitively estimate physical attributes.
Visual thinkers can often be found visualizing scenes while reading books or listening to music, memorizing information by creating mental images, and knowing at a glance if a new piece of furniture will fit through a door.
Our brains has limitation, they are designed for recognization, but not construct images. So visual thinkers usually rely heavily on external aids to organize, and construct visualizations.
By utilizing external tools such as pens, paper, whiteboard software, and index cards. Thinkers can externalize their thoughts. And get better understanding of their ideas.
It involves expressing the information from our brains onto a whiteboard and then stimulating internal brain thinking, leading to an improved cognitive process.
- literally, it’s a process to translating internal thoughts into visual representations.
- It is both a function and a natural ability that every human possesses, making it an invaluable tool for thinking and problem-solving.