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“Mental Imagery” & Success

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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!

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.

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  1. Are you old enough to remember the book, PsychoCybernetics, Larry? Mental practice was discussed in great detail! You might find it a fun read if you can locate an old copy!

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