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Definition: Visual-Spatial intelligence refers to the ancient hunter-gatherer ability to represent the outer world internally in your mind. It's the ability to hold the world visually in your mind "the way a sailor or pilot navigates the large spatial world, or the way a chess player or sculptor represents a more circumscribed spatial world". It gives you the ability to know where you are in space. If you find it easy to visualise things as though you were an observer taking up different positions, like a fly-on-the-wall, then you are strong in this intelligence. Spatial intelligence predominates in the arts and in science.
Usually found in: chess players, painters, architects, sculptors, theoretical physicists, war strategists, navigators, illusionists, graphic artists, designers, cartographers, film makers.
Famous examples: Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, Frank Lloyd Wright, Steven Spielberg
Visual Spatial Intelligence traits:
Exercises to strengthen visual-spatial intelligence:
- do mind-mapping
- visualize scenarios and goals you want to attain
- create and watch videos!
- take photographs
- practice orienteering with maps
- use visual posters, flash cards and symbols
- highlight info with color
- use computer aided graphics
- merge art with other subjects
- feel free to doodle when studying or thinking
- make diagrams and maps
- estimate distances
- imagine yourself going through different buildings
- imagine looking at yourself from above, below, very close up, far away
- do image streaming
- visualize geometric structures, rotate them in your mind, sit inside them, give them colors
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Wily Walnut - FREE articles to unleash your visual intelligence and every facet of your genius!
Nurture your child's visual spatial intelligence - About.com's ChildParenting article describing the qualities of a child with high visual-spatial intelligence with valuable links to additional info and programs, aids and software to help stimulate this intelligence in you or your child.
Technology that enhances visual spatial: Dee Dickinson delivers yet another excellent article detailing how you can enhance visual intelligence.
MI Background -outlines why this could be called the first intelligence of the brain. Enhance your visual-spatial intelligence with the exercises given here.
Teach Space - interesting article with quotes from professor of psychology and leading light at Harvard Project Zero (the prime movers in multiple intelligence research aka. Dr Howard Gardner et al).
Multiple Intelligence: Visual Spatial - I love the way Cooks Primary School in Australia puts its pages together. Here they describe the visual-spatial learner as "The Visualiser".
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