Visual Memory | Memory is used to encode, store and later retrieved. There are many types of memory present in our brain section like Visual Memory, Haptic memory, auditory memory. The one which sense the surrounding and help us in perceiving things is called as Visual memory. Visual memory involves the ability to store and retrieve visual sensations and perception if the evoked stimuli are not present at that time.
What is Visual Memory?
According to the study, about 80% of total learning solely depends on visual memory
Mnemonics are basically the process of making mental representations in the visual format and help us in organing knowledge and recalling them better. Mnemonics involve the construction of mental pictures or images which help us in increasing our chances of remembering information. There are several techniques of mnemonics who are really helpful to increase our memory in the day to day life.
Mnemonics are used in the visual memory or visual imaginary.
What is Visual Memory or Visual Imaginary? Why is Visual Memory Important?
Visual memory is that kind of memory where we store visual representations of things. Visual representations help us in remembering a lot of things. Visual memory is known from the applications in perceptual skills. Visual memory is a kind of memory which covers the experience of visual senses. Sensory memory is also a great tool to understand ultra short memory of brain.
Visual Memory comes in two forms:
Short Term Visual Memory: Holding the images we have just seen for a span of 2 seconds. It is the path to Long term visual memory.
Long term Visual Memory: It is the permanent memory of the brain. It is recalled from past experiences.
Visual memory is the deciding factor of writing, spelling, and reading. In the early stage of childhood if children feel difficulty in making visual representations so that he will face difficulty in responding to visual stimuli. He may face issues in handwriting, forming letters, mixing up letter and words and low results in the exam.
What does Visual Memory or Visual Imaginary mean?
Visual Imaginary is a kind of mental representations. Visual representation is basically the copy of the physical representation. There are four to five kinds of mental representation. Visual Imaginary copy of the physical world in the psychological realm in the form of a group of pictures. Iconic memory and haptic memory is also great to use in the daily life.
Actually, Visual Imaginary use techniques of mnemonics. Mnemonics help us in organizing knowledge and remembering knowledge better to improve recall. We can use the mnemonic technique to improve our memory by up to 100 percent.
What are the signs of poor Visual memory?
The number of reason are responsible for the deficiency in visual memory.
- Poor Reading Comprehension habits
- Mixing up letters or words when writing and reading
- May appear lazy in written work
- Difficulties with sight words
- Poor math skills
- Difficulty recognizing letters or numbers
- Trouble using a calculator
- Slow handwriting
How can I Improve my visual memory?
Various Activities to help in Visual Memory Deficits in Children
- Concentration games or memory games
- Push the child to remember things
- I Spy games and books
- Place several items in front of the children. Allow them 30-60 seconds to memorize all of the items. Ask the child to recall as many items as they can.
What is Mnemonics and Mental Codes?
Mnemonics are basically the process of making mental representations in the visual format and help us in organing knowledge and recalling them better. Mnemonics involve the construction of mental pictures or images which help us in increasing our chances of remembering information. There are several techniques of mnemonics.
- Method of Loci – It requires the wearer to imagine a series of places that have some sort of order of them. If there is a large bit of information which you have to remember is to create a mental image of individual items and tag information into a single unit.
Suppose you have to remember 10 shopping list item given by your mother and told you to bring it from the market. Generally, an item could have similarity so that we tend to forget 2-3 items from the whole list. Let’s make a story to the ten items which you want to remember.
Try to imagine your front door but with a huge banana instead of the usual handle. When you open the door and walk into the entrance the floor is covered in eggs and you have to walk over the eggs to get into the living room. Imagine the eggs cracking under your feet and the mess!
Anyway, it gets much messier because when you open the living room door you are almost knocked off your feet by the river of milk that comes gushing out. You stagger over to the window to pull the curtains which have turned into two giant slices of bread. You try to turn on the TV but fails because that has been replaced by a very large packet of cereal. Time to have a sit-down, but when you collapse on the sofa you sink down into the sofa-sized ginger cake.
Go to the kitchen for a drink. Walking across the kitchen floor is a bit difficult as itis knee deep in sugar and when you have reached the kettle you find it has turned into a bottle of wine. I prefer white but you can visualize red if you want. Give up and go for a mug of water. Unfortunately, when you reach down a mug from the clipboard it is filled with a bouquet of flowers and when you turn the tap on it is chocolate, not water that comes out.
This picture is a brief or summary of the story. All item which you want to remember is at the center of attraction in the story. You just have to read the story and it occupies LTM in your mind and you won’t forget any of the items.
2. The technique of Interacting Images – It states that recall of concrete noun on a list improved when the participant will be told to form images of the words, in comparison to when they were not given such instructions.
In this test of recall dog/pipe, the image of a dog smoking pipe will make better recall than the images of dog and pipe kept together.
This way is easier to remember.
3. Pegging Words – It Involves picturing the item into another set of ordered cues pegging them on the cue. In this case, the cues are not a location but rather nouns that come from a memorized rhyming list.
One Bun, gun, sun
Four Floor, Door
There is a list of a concrete noun which is pegged together. One part is coming from the memory and targeted rhyming word are recalled by pegging.
These are the techniques of the Mnemonics which are really helpful in Vocabulary learning in the competitive exams in India. Apart from the Vocabulary, these techniques are very useful to master in. Share this article to spread the message for your friends to score 100% marks in the exam.