Visual/Nonverbal Memory Systems
Visual/Nonverbal memory is our ability to remember and re-create non-verbal visual experiences and images. It’s our visual memory system. It gives us the ability to “picture” in our mind, images of what we've seen or experienced when it isn’t there to actually see any more.
How many ways can we plan to capitalize on the fact that visual memory systems are very strong and can help students make stronger neural connections?
- The earliest form of learning is visual by way of the primary visual cortex. Babies learn visually first with lots of neural networks being formed, strengthening the ability of the visual memory systems in the early years.
- When you see something in your “mind’s eye” two thirds of the same area of the brain is activated as when you really see it.
- Visual-spatial processing is the brain’s ability to complete pictures when you only see part of something. If you see part of something you’ve seen before, your brain will complete the image.
- We will remember content associated with images more easily. The brain remembers pictures before words.
- Make learning beautiful. Draw it. Doodle it. Integrate visual art with verbal or written content to strengthen memory.
- Creatively planning to connect classroom content with images or objects creates yet another pathway for retrieval.
- Visual prompts prime the brain and get it ready for new content. They "wake up" existing neural networks and provide something to link new learning to, creating stronger, faster neural pathways.
- Decorating with content capitalizes on the brain’s ability to recall pictures first.
- Graphically organizing a unit can help learners recall the information.