Your Mind Thinks in Pictures

Close your eyes and think of the word 'boat'

Close your eyes and think of the word ‘boat’

This story was originally published in May 2014.

The human brain thinks in terms of visuals and pictures. If you close your eyes and think of the word ‘boat’, you will not see letters “B-O-A-T” floating about in your head. Instead, you will see an image of a boat, possibly gently floating on the seashore. Now, imagine a word like ‘try’. No image will form primarily because your brain does not associate the word ‘try’ with any image.

If you dedicatedly think about the letters in the word then you can force your mind to see the letters “T-R-Y.” Purely in scientific terms, the cerebrum is responsible for all the thinking that your brain undertakes. Divide in two parts, the right side of the cerebrum helps with the creative aspects of cognitive functions and the left side of your body. The left side, on the other hand, is responsible for the analytic skills and controls the functions of the right side of your body. Most importantly the cerebrum also stores our memory, both visual and otherwise.

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