As I reread Rudolf Arnheim’s brilliant book, Visual Thinking, I wondered again how much our vision shapes our thinking. Anyone who has undergone a dramatic improvement in vision is in a special position to answer this question.
Many forms of rehabilitation, including physical, occupational, speech, and vision therapy, address different aspects of a person’s brain injury. But what allows an individual to make a connection from the person he was before the injury to the person he is now?
Most mothers know that their babies, when they first learn to crawl, will crawl right off the changing table or even a stair landing. Why don’t young infants fear heights? This fearlessness is not due to a lack of depth perception but rather to the delayed development of an additional visual skill.
Do you experience visual snow? It’s as if you are looking at the world through the static or “snow” on a TV set. I never see visual snow outside in bright light, but I think I do experience it when looking sometimes at a blank wall, especially in dim light. So, in the last two days, I’ve been experimenting with this phenomenon.
With limited financial resources, music programs are often cut in our schools Yet, scientific studies indicate that music training in the classroom may have important benefits for audition and speech perception, and these benefits last a lifetime.
I have always been cross-eyed and, for most of my life, thought this left me with an irreversible deficit in my vision. Yet, my parents gave me something in childhood that helped me overcome this pessimistic state of mind and learn to see in a remarkable new way.
Sometimes, we learn to recognize a person, plant, or object by focusing on certain characteristics. Over time, however, we identify that person, plant, or object, not by the details, but by their appearance as a whole. How does that happen?