A New Study About Mental Images

For more than thirty years, Lindamood-Bell co-founder Nanci Bell has been working to educate parents, education professionals, and researchers about what she identified as concept imagery ability.

Published in 1986, her book Visualizing and Verbalizing for Language Comprehension and Thinking discusses concept imagery ability, and concept imagery weakness, a condition that scientists are recently terming aphantasia.

Visualizing and Verbalizing details how to recognize symptoms of concept imagery weakness, and describes how to teach people who have the condition how to make mental images.

Researchers from the University of Exeter in England studied the condition. Click below to watch the BBC report.


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    1. Celia, Thank you for your question. Though they may not have received a previous diagnosis, we have worked with adults that have the stated symptoms of aphantasia. Through a sequence of steps to stimulate and develop mental imagery, those adults became able to visualize and verbalize–from single words through whole paragraphs of information. The data shows statistically significant improvements in reading comprehension as a result of instruction.

      The central theme expressed by those adults is that after a few weeks they felt like “a light bulb went on” and they could finally create mental images. Let us know if we can assist with more information about our programs, research, or instruction at our learning centers: 800-233-1819.


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