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    Default Visual thinking and other kinds of thinking

    Some time ago there was some thread here about how people imagine other people on this forum here in their head visually. I for myself never really make myself an physical imagination of other people in the internets, and it was said maybe I am just not so much a visual thinker.

    I gave that a little thought and tend to agree. When people for example describe a place with their words that I don't know (or not so well), I have trouble imagining how those words translate into a visible image (and most of the time I don't even care about it). Usually people come up with all kinds of details when describing things, and they will tell you even what kind of shoes people wear for example while I am happy when I am 100% sure about whether the person even had shoes to begin with

    Also you sure all know those diagrams etc. drawn by teachers on a blackboard or so to explain people something; I for myself had always more trouble understanding something by those diagrams (when they get very complex) than without them, they would rather confuse me :confused:

    So I open this thread because I hear that it is apparently normal that people have different strenghts and weaknesses with different kinds of thinking. I would like to know what other kinds of thinking or learning styles there are and what you think are your worst and best applied ones.

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    It starts at 0:49

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    ^ I just reread one of his memoirs and one of the chapters was this story. Very interesting.

    Temple Grandin has also said something similar in regard that autistic people are primarily visual thinkers, and that some miscommunication stems from that.

    To the OP: I don't know about strengths and weaknesses, but I believe that I primarily think in pictures, and I think that maybe it's given me trouble talking to other people because I find that I always have to translate what I think into words that capture the meaning I'm trying to convey. Usually this leads me to either being slow to reply, or sputtering and getting tongue tied.

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    I think in gremlins.

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    On IQ tests I've always scored highest on spatial intelligence, followed by linguistics. I score really high on pattern questions.. what is the next set of numbers? What number is out of place? Especially the ones that show you a picture, say with boxes and circles and lines, moving in a pattern, and you have to figure out what the next image will be.

    Here is a test I really enjoyed, and found quite interesting.

    http://jakemandell.com/amvi/
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    @Guesswho: Thanks, that was very interesting to watch! Really liked it.

    @SRT: Yeah, maybe "strength and weaknesses" was a bit one-dimensionally asked. Just simple preferences in thinking would be just as interesting to hear.

    @Huxley3112: I just did your test and wanted to ask how your score was, because it seemed very easy to me and I wonder if that is now because I am good at it or because the test is just so easy. I have picked all correctly and so have a score of 100% (besides Contour Discrimination and Attention which is 95,2% / 97,8%, which is odd because when I picked everything correctly why do I not get the full score?). Some of those needed some longer thinking, but eventually I figured them all out.

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    I am very spatial and visual in my head. For example, how I view a calendar year.

    In my head I think of time as a spiral. The year circles around and up. The view changes as the months pass, to reflect what direction I am looking in at an one time. If I am remembering something like "when did such and such happen," then I will pull up the appropriate part of the spiral that corresponds to that year and pinpoint the day along it. The months are colored based on what color I associate the month with. As well as the numbers etc.

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    I`m visual. I even do math like that sometimes. 87, when doing math is a 8x10 grid with 7 lenghts filled and 7 boxes of the 8th length filled.

    I also represent time (days) visually...
    [actually...days to me are a combination of sensations and visual elements - usually involve my to-do list]

    Hours till a deadline is represented by a sensation...

    Abstract concepts are also visual...recursion (in programming) for example...

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    Have you heard of the Multiple Intelligences theory? Check out a few sites about this theory, Its interesting

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theory_..._intelligences

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    ^ MI is awesome. i'm spatial - intrapersonal. when did they add extentialist? interesting.


    i love feynman

    man, i am like 200% visual.

    people's names, for example. i won't remember a name said to me, but i always remember written names. and how they are spelled. i also have to take notes in class if it's a spoken lecture, otherwise i won't remember crap. visuals are SOOOO helpful to me. if lectures could all come fully illustrated, that would be excellent.

    that's interesting saturned. i have a mind-calendar that looks like a big circle, like this:

    __________________________january________december
    ___________________february____________________november
    ______________march______________________________october
    ______________april________________________________september
    ___________________may________________________august
    __________________________june___________july

    and then days i see in linear bars, just like

    sunday - monday - tuesday - wednedsay - thursday - friday - saturday - sunday - monday - etc

    weeks i sort of picture like a conventional calendar within months.

    when someone asks me to remember a date i usually "pull up" a visualization of a month-calendar in my head and assign dates until i contextualize enough to produce the date i'm looking for.

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