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Part II: MEMORY SYSTEMS > KEY FUNCTION #2 VISUALIZING/IMAGING

Chapter 6. KEY FUNCTION #2 VISUALIZING/IMAGING

The second key function is the phenomenon of visualizing. It is the ability for your mind to picture an event or item. We visualize on an almost continual basis. Some of us do it more consciously than others, but we all do it. For example, try to form a mental picture of an elephant sitting on top of your house. You probably were able to do this even though the image was ridiculous and out of the realm of actual experience.

You can visualize any event so long as the scene consists of concrete, imagable objects. It is possible to imagine all sorts of scenes, even moving ones, by just thinking about it. Have you ever imagined objects when you smell an odor such as popcorn being popped or barbecue on the grill? Will the sound of a distant train whistle conjure a vision of a train speeding down the track for you? Does listening to music bring back visual memories that are associated with other experiences you may have had when that music was played? We constantly remember facts, events and experiences that we picture in our minds eye. Because we can imagine objects in a scene, we can also imagine objects interacting. It is easy to imagine a person is pushing a cart down a hall, a man running to catch a bus or a woman walking to the parking lot and getting in her car.


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