Vision is one of the most complex and remarkable functions of the human brain. From the signals received from our two eyes the brain is able to construct a high resolution, three-dimensional, coloured representation of 'the world out there'. What is more, without any conscious effort on our own part our brains are constantly processing and reprocessing all the visual information received thus far to create stored representational maps of our environment, e.g. of our home, workplace and city. And so without any difficulty, and indeed without even being aware of it, we habitually use the maps to find our way about.
Given the brain's remarkable visual powers, the serious challenge for teachers and learners is to discover how best to harness these. Thus, only very recently have people given serious attention to the 'artistic' right brain (see Left Brain-Right Brain). And while it is commonly attested that "a picture is worth a thousand words", the majority of people habitually communicate their ideas and concepts using pure left brain text only, leaving it to the reader to decode and make sense of it. Mind-mapping, as devised by Tony Buzan, has therefore been a very welcome development, but the general take-up of such ideas has so far been disappointing. The present BrainWareMap represents an attempt to incorporate the visual and graphic into the organisation of information and knowledge on the web (see Design Concepts). However, one of the main downsides of the web generally at present is a lack of 'big pictures' and a tendency for people to drown in a huge mass of uncoordinated textual information (see Information Overload).
Elements of Vision
The following are the particular items which are included on the Vision sub-track:
- Use of the right brain in the development of drawing skills
- Colour vision and its significance for thinking and learning
- The creation of multi-sensory mental images and its application to learning
To find out more about any of the above items, click on the appropriate heading.
For further information about vision see:
- How We See - The First Steps of Human Vision by Diane M Szaflarski
The Power of Visual Learning
3-D Eye Exercises, Games, Puzzles, Vision Therapy, etc.