Enhancing Your Visual Intelligence

Neurons continue to grow throughout one’s life. For years, scientists and doctors thought that brain and neural tissue couldn’t regenerate. Now, we know about neurogenesis (the birth of new neurons), which is re-shaping the way science studies brain functions.

Visual intelligence is a relatively new area of study with two major components: visual-spatial and visual-object. Visual-spatial ability is widely accepted as a dimension of intelligence and is included in most tests that measure intelligence. Current research suggests that visual-object ability may also have the attributes required to be characterized as a dimension of overall intelligence.

Visual-spatial intelligence is associated with specialization in the sciences, while visual-object intelligence predicts specialization in art (Blazhenkova and Kozhevnikov, 2010).

Recent studies support the theory that learning how to draw can enhance visual-object intelligence. For instance, you can challenge your brain to find alternative realities beyond the obvious and identify more than one reality in a single image. The actual process of learning to draw offers numerous other enjoyable ways to strengthen visual intelligence.

The full version of this lesson by Brenda Hoddinott © is FREE only on Drawspace.



About Brenda Hoddinott
Award-winning artist and author; illustrator, art educator, curriculum designer, co-owner of Drawspace.com, owner of Drawspace Publishing, and retired forensic artist Brenda has developed art curricula and taught multidisciplinary arts since 1980. During her 25-year career as a forensic artist, Brenda worked with diverse criminal investigative agencies including the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Department of National Defense, private investigative agencies, and municipal police departments. Brenda and her partner John live in the suburbs of Halifax, Nova Scotia with their two SPCA rescue dogs: Timber the Huskador and Katie the Pitweiler. Their blended human family includes five adult children and two grandchildren. Books by Brenda Hoddinott include: 2012: Introduction to Contour Lines (Drawspace Publishing) 2012: Introduction to Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2011: Illustrated Dictionary of Art-Related Terms (Drawspace Publishing) 2010: Getting Started with Drawing (Drawspace Publishing) 2004: The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Drawing People Illustrated (Alpha Books) 2003: Drawing for Dummies (Wiley Publishing, Inc.)

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