This is a brief description of the Lexercise's Mind's Eye™ curriculum, which is part of the Lexercise teletherapy platform.
Lexercise therapists use the Mind's Eye™ curriculum to help improve the student's memory and comprehension. It's interactive and fun .....and perfect for use in teletherapy. This curriculum is a systematic and sequential approach for improving comprehension through visualization. The student learns how to make "a mind movie" based on a verbal description.
HUMAN MEMORY SYSTEMS
Humans have a lot of different memory systems. We have systems for remembering what we hear, what we see, for facts, for things that have happened to us, for conscious memories (e.g., "I remember putting my keys in my pocket.") and for unconscious memories (e.g., skills, procedures, habits).
Our memory systems don't always work equally well, and they don't always work together. Unlike a digital device's electronic memory, human memory systems are imperfect. Human memory functions are commonly commonly categorized as:
- working memory
- short-term (sensory) memory
- long-term memory storage
In contrast to working and short-term memories, which are limited in capacity and duration, long-term memory has potentially an unlimited capacity.
So, the challenge for learning and skill mastery is how to get things from short-term and working memory in to long-term memory and automatic memory.
Decades of research tell us we can do this by making the information more organized, more distinctive, richer and more detailed and by increasing our effort in trying to remember it. Teaching how to process information for improved memory, comprehension and expression is the goal of the Lexercise Mind's Eye™ curriculum.
VISUALIZATION IMPROVES MEMORY
Structured visualization has been used to improve memory since the days of the Greek and Roman orators who used the Method of Loci (visualizing specific things in specific places) to organize their speeches and polish their rhetoric.
Modern neuroscience has confirmed the connection between activation of special place cells in the human brain called geotag cells and the memory for events. Humans can also stimulate geotags through mental simulation (i.e., visualization in the mind's eye based on what is heard or read).
Albert Einstein said, "If I can't picture it I can't understand it." That is because in order to make a picture of something in our mind's eye we have to be aware of details. Visualizing something naturally requires that our brain organize it. Mindful visualization strengthens our comprehension and gives us an organized framework for expression.
Lexercise therapists use the Mind's Eye™ curriculum to strengthen students' listening comprehension and expression.
See the .pdf attached below for an introduction of how this method works.
- Bergen, B.K. (2012). Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning. New York: Basic Books.
- Berninger, V.W. and Abbott, R.D. ( 2010). Listening Comprehension, Oral Expression, Reading Comprehension, and Written Expression: Related Yet Unique Language Systems in Grades 1, 3, 5, and 7. J. of Educational Psychology, Vol. 102, No. 3, 635– 651.
- Hua, A.N. & Keenan, J.M. ( 2014). The Role of Text Memory in Inferencing and in Comprehension Deficits, Scientific Studies of Reading Vol.18(6), 415-431.
- Miller, J.F., et al. (2013). Neural Activity in Human Hippocampal Formation Reveals the Spatial Context of Retrieved Memories, Science, Vol. 342 no. 6162 pp. 1111-1114.