Using Visualization and Imagination


Images are internal sensory representations that are also used in the
creation of memory. They can bring words to mind, which can arouse other
images or pictures. The formation of images appears to help in learning and
remembering what has been learned or experienced in the past.

Images and words can help you in remembering things by bringing
pictures in your head instead of just words or figures.

Let’s say, in learning the process of cell mitosis or cell division, most of the books that contain concepts or scientific ideas have pictures to describe scenarios that are sometimes difficult to be seen by the human eye.

Another example would be the structure of a bacteria or a virus. Graphic elements and visual tools, therefore, may become guiding principles in learning conceptual or precisely scientific ideas.

Another example would be in memorizing the lyrics of the songs or in
remembering stories that you might have read before. In these two examples, the memorization process becomes easier if you imagine the images conjured by the lyrics of the song or if you create vivid images in your mind as you read or recall a narrative or tale. Picture the actual scenario described by the sentences or paragraphs.

To further intensify your imagination, you have to actually feel what the
character is feeling. If you’re reading a story about a knight in shining armor
fighting a dragon, then feel your strength, the power of your sword, the heat of the fire from the dragon’s mouth, and even the kiss of the princess after saving her from the monster.

Images and the formation of which, in the process of learning or remembering, can therefore help you in improving your memory.

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