Visual VS. Verbal thinkers.

How do you think?

AJ Oliver, Staff Writer

Do you know the difference between the two? In case you do not know which one you are, if you are to hear the word “apple” do you think of the word apple or do you see a picture of an apple? if you see the picture you are a visual thinker. If you see the word, you are a verbal thinker or in other words auditory thinker. Verbal thinkers are less common than visual.

Visual thinking, also called visual or spatial learning or picture thinking, is the phenomenon of thinking through visual processing. Visual thinking has been described as seeing words as a series of pictures. It is common in approximately 60–65% of the general population. Observing, looking at pictures, diagrams, and visual imagery are ways that visual thinking may be expressed. As for verbal thinking or auditory thinking it is understanding and reasoning using concepts framed in words. It aims at evaluating ability to think constructively, rather than at simple fluency or vocabulary recognition. It needs the use of words / language, listening, and conversing.

The difference between Visual thinking and verbal thinking is in how your mind works. Under the research of right vs left brain, you will see that visual thinkers fall under the right brain category, being more of the visual, creative, spacial half, and verbal thinkers fall under the category of being a result of the left brain, as it is more analytical, logical and verbal half.

The Occipital lobe is the part of your brain that processes visual information, recognition of shapes, and colors. It is what drives spatial temporal reasoning, allowing the visual side of thinking to prosper. Generally the left hemisphere aids verbal thinkers to be able to come to a solution to day to day challenges, and mental hurdles regarding algebraic and numerical problem solving.

Spatial temporal reasoning is the ability to visualize special patterns and mentally manipulate them over a time ordered sequence of spatial transformations. Spatial visualization ability is the ability to manipulate mentally two, and three dimensional figures. In other words it is your brain being able to tell the difference between different dimensions. For example if you see a cube, and you picture it in your head you see an almost 2d image but your brain knows that it’s supposed to be a three dimensional shape. Spatial temporal reasoning is strong among visual thinkers. 

Visual thinkers seem to excel at math and science, they do more of mental problem solving, or deal with the problems in their heads. With visual thinkers visuals make it easier for you to convey a message or learn something new.  If you don’t visualize your endeavors, then you are a verbal thinker.

Verbal thinkers are people who think in words, almost like internal dialog. They do not typically see as many visuals when going about day to day problem solving. But don’t let this get you down if you fall into the category of a verbal thinker, they actually tend to have a lot better memories, due to the fact that they don’t have visuals distracting them.

On the subject on whether or not its better to be one or the other, everyone is both a verbal AND a visual thinker. It all depends how you go about problem solving. Everyone’s brains just work differently than the next persons. Studies show that you by utilizing each type of thinking that you will benefit academically and generally with what your doing.