Visual interpretations to help your child pass standardized tests
We often hear about our inner psychology and how our actions are perceived to be influenced by our brains. How much is this true and how much is common sense? I recently came across a fascinating animation that shows how mathematical visualization was used in an amazing way to enhance what we remember.
This experiment, found at Stony Brook University, had subjects watching one of three pieces of visual content: a modified TED Talk video, an Einstein lecture, or a video-game. Those participants who watched the TED Talk had an association with abstract words that had been rendered as graphs. That was in addition to the subject hearing the information via a lecture. In other words, watching the TED Talk enhanced the relationship between words and visual symbols.
The camera shows everything slowly, but a smooth transition occurs between each scene.
Similar findings for a Stanford essay test
The same phenomenon was also seen for a group of Stanford essay test questions. Subjects with the benefit of an adapted speech by Albert Einstein were shown an example of numerical data within the same video as a graph. Surprisingly, those who watched the video of the sample essay prompt had an association between abstract symbols and words in comparison to those who watched the lecture. The pattern was the same as for the TED Talk.
These findings point out that the subconscious influences of people are stronger than they first appear. The same television show show that we watch, or read, will most likely impact how we perceive math. In some cases, these effects can have huge implications for our overall success in school. People who are intelligent have the opportunity to become better mathematical thinkers, as long as they can better access and understand these internal perceptions.
For example, you can experiment with subconscious benefits like this as part of your daily life. In this case, your friends will soon see how important it is to spend more time with the TV and less time sitting alone in your apartment. The questions you ask while you video game will now seem a little different after you have viewed a TED Talk. If you happen to look up a diagram in someone’s book, or at the end of a lecture, or while you go out for pizza, this will boost the actions you take in your head about the learning topic.
Forensic scientists study subconscious abilities
A historical study involving forensic scientists in the 1960s further emphasized the ways in which subconscious tasks affect the way we perceive certain matters. Researchers found that instead of asking people to remember basic analogies, for example, detectives just had subjects describe the exact position of objects in a crowded room. An even more interesting discovery was the fact that subjects would sometimes assume the positions of objects once they had described them. The result? A correspondingly unusual level of memory for navigation skills.
So, practice what you’re memorizing? Especially with those statistics you have to study in class. Now that you’ve made these visual connections, how’s it going?