What is Visualization in Learning?

Submitted by Pycraft Family… on Sun, 01/13/2019 - 9:00am

Visualization is a powerful tool that can help you change your life. You can improve memory, restore health, reduce stress, increase relaxation and more. But what exactly is visualization? 

Visualization is a tool used in athletics, personal development, or in learning. There are two main theories that explain how it works. 

First is the psycho-neuromuscular theory, which states that vivid, imagined events can create the same responses as if we had actually had the experience. These mental images can serve a variety of purposes, including establishing a memory of an action. 

The other theory is the symbolic learning theory which states that imagery can create a blueprint of movement patterns in us. 

There are three main ways that visualization can help us. It can create motivation where we can imagine a specific outcome for ourselves and work towards it. Visualization can help us with mental practice or rehearsal, or it can help us reinforce other techniques. 

Visualization is powerful because it can mimic a true sensory experience that we may never have had before.

Athletes use it to acquire or practice motor skills or rehearse routines or plays. We can use visualization to help us learn in countless ways — by remembering specific items of interest, perform better at sports, become better public speakers, and more. 

However you apply visualization in your life, your eyes are an important component you must engage. When you engage your eyesight and all of your other senses, you can create powerful mental images that can help you learn in a variety of ways to better yourself!