I’ve written several posts about how I’m using visualization techniques with my students (and doing assessments with them and a control group to evaluate if it’s working.
I read a reference to a Harvard psychologist named Stephen Kosslyn in this New York Times article today. He has done a lot of research into “mental imagery.”
Here is a book chapter he wrote titled Mental Imagery and Implicit Memory. It’s focused on how people in a wide-range of professions and sport have used mental imagery (visualization) successfully.
I was particularly struck by his finding that it is most successful in activities where a high degree of cognitive skills is required. It seems to me that English reading, writing, speaking, and listening fit that bill!