In “Chapter Ten: Memory Improvement through Visualization,” we explore a powerful technique. It holds the key to enhancing memory. Visualization isn’t just passive seeing. It’s a dynamic process, engaging your mind to craft vivid mental images. These images act as hooks for information, making it easier for your brain to remember and recall details. Join us. Explore the art of harnessing the mind’s creative capacity. Strengthen memory and unlock its full potential in chapter ten.
What is Visualization?
We can examine visualization from two perspectives: technology and psychology. In technology, we have about four types of computer-based visualization:
And from the perspective of psychology, visualization is the process of creating mental images; it may also refer to the mind’s spatial visualization ability. This e-book focuses on the psychological aspect of visualization and will delve into how this process operates. We will limit ourselves to our visualization abilities in using imagery to alter our feelings, with the goal of transforming certain physical sensations to create a sense of well-being, mentally and physically. In other words, it is putting our brains to work so that our bodies benefit from visualization.
We can liken visualization to the “mind-over-matter principle.” In fact, in highly-stressful situations, the brain can push the body into overdrive, enabling humans to overcome feelings of hunger, pain, or fatigue through sheer willpower. The reverse is also do-able. We can use our minds to relax our bodies, gain mastery over our fears and keep sickness at bay. As we delve into the heart of “chapter ten,” the world of memory improvement through visualization unfolds, promising to reshape the way you perceive and harness the power of your mind.
How Visualization Works
Visualization works on the basic premise of the mind-body connection. Note that we have two forms in play: the mind produces the mental form – also known as emotion, whereas the body is the physical form and generates a physical sensation.
When we feel an emotion, it produces a certain feeling. This feeling, in turn, produces a sensation.
Linda Mackenzie of healthylife.net provides an excellent example: when you watch a horror film, it frightens you, giving you goosebumps and causing your body to tense up. Chapter ten reveals the transformative impact of visualization, a powerful tool to unlock memory’s hidden treasures and supercharge your cognitive abilities.
Remember what we said in Chapter Two when we described the structure of the brain? The left hemisphere represents our logical side while the right is where our creativity is.
We tend to use the logical side more frequently than the right because we have to manage our daily routine and devise survival strategies. Using one side more than the other results in an imbalance. By giving in to the right side of the brain, we are making an effort to restore that healthy balance.
Visualization has sometimes been associated with meditation; some experts even say that it is an inherent component of meditation. We see visualization at work in many aspects of our lives: take the case of phobias. Psychologists have been treating people of their irrational fears for centuries. Hypnotism is a favorite method of treating these fears. People’s fears range from lowly spiders to tall, imposing buildings. There’s also the case of David Blaine who must have an extraordinary capacity for visualization. In one of his feats, he remained inside a block of ice for more than 60 hours, saying that he trained his mind to tolerate extreme cold, hunger and fatigue.  Of course, he had to be rushed to the hospital because doctors wanted to make sure that all his vital signs were still there!
For some of you who have read several articles on this subject, you may have come across the phrase “mind’s eye.” It is a human being’s ability to visually perceive, imagine, visualize and memorize. A simple definition would be an individual’s ability to “see” things with his mind.
With the advent of home computers, software developers have capitalized on this phrase and developed programs to help people improve their visualization skills.
An increasing number of athletic coaches are urging their trainees who compete in professional sports to train not only their muscles and movements but also to train their minds to direct how these muscles should move and how to execute movements.
One web writer quotes UCLA tennis coach Gayle Goodwin. “The difference between a good athletic performance and an outstanding one has little to do with physical skills. A player’s attitude is most important in competition, and the closer to the top you get, the more important it becomes. Everyone’s game is good at that level, so it’s psychological factors that make most of the difference. In ‘chapter ten,’ we unveil the secrets of memory enhancement through the art of visualization, providing a remarkable path to unlock your cognitive potential.
Practice of Visualization
When you begin to learn how to visualize, you can learn it using mental imagery or computerized imagery. Olympic coaches have employed computer animation to train athletes, using this tool to zoom in on specific body movements or strokes. It reveals which muscles are in action and identifies body parts that can be adjusted to help athletes visualize their performance better.
We do mental imagery when we imagine ourselves performing a specific action or movement without actually doing it. We play it – just like as a movie unfolds in our minds.
In athletics, mental imagery finds extensive use.
It’s also applicable in dance choreography. For intellectual pursuits, visualize defending your thesis in front of a panel. Artists, like painters, gaze at the ocean before applying oil to their canvas. Domestic tasks, such as a newlywed’s return from their honeymoon, involve imagining the first meal at home. This extends to motivation and success coaching, as well as many other areas of activity or discipline. It’s predominantly employed by athletic trainers and coaches who emphasize the idea that winning a game is 90% mental and 10% physical. Chris Evert Lloyd and Jack Nicklaus have admitted that mental imagery has significantly improved their games.
The advantage of using computerized imagery is that you can command your computer to execute movements during visualization exercises. Train your mind to focus on these movements while your body is relaxed. Make commands like simulating the environment (sunny, rainy, cloudy), the presence of a crowd or just you, your coach, and the tennis court. Specify the surface’s color and type (cement, grass, clay). Freeze a particular movement while serving to observe your wrist, arm, ball toss, and body positioning. If you prefer to use computerized visualization, be careful in selecting your animation program.
Cy Tymony says they are priced from $50.00 to $1,000.00. He says choose one with the “tweening” feature as it creates smooth and true-to-life motion. It’s also known as polymorphic between-frame fill-in, enabling the computer to generate all frames for a complex animation. Ensure scanning and importing capabilities are available for using drawings, diagrams from other programs, or scanning pictures from various sources. We have provided worksheets for you to practice some visualization skills in Chapter 15, worksheets 10 and 11.