Media Technology MSc

MSc Thesis


Title

Thinking without Words: An Exploration in Visual Mental Process Differences during Cognitive and Associative Performances

Student(s)

Nisaar Jagroep

Year

2011

Abstract

Thinking is something which persons consider as an ordinary thing that occur almost constantly. Most often they are not aware that there are multiple ways people process information. For example, one person is very talented in math while the other is able to visualize everything. In this research I question whether this has to do with  the way they think by reviewing two manners of thinking: visual thinking and verbal thinking. I address questions such as: Do these two categories really exist? How can we know this? And what does this mean in practice? I address these questions from a cognitive psychology perspective, by collecting data of individual performances. Based on this, I conclude that: visual thinking does exist, people can think without words, and that their performance is different from verbal thinkers. I conclude further that ongoing research and future investigation in visual thinking is justified, especially when focused on the development or comparative studies with visual based media. However I also observed unexpectedly during the analysis of the data, that there is more differentiation in the visual thinking group during performances.

Full Reference

Nisaar Jagroep, "Thinking without Words: An Exploration in Visual Mental Process Differences during Cognitive and Associative Performances", Master's Thesis for the Media Technology programme, Leiden University (The Netherlands), 2011