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Thinking Visually by Robert H. McKim

By Robert H. McKim

Thinking Visually

The routines, puzzles, and psychological demanding situations during this booklet illustrate particular different types of visible considering that then may be synthesized by way of scholars into problem-solving thoughts, together with ambidextrous considering, seeing through drawing, pattern-seeking, analytical seeing, and visible keep in mind.

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6 Like the art of relaxation, skill in voluntary attention can be learned. The first principle to learn is that you can fully attend only one thing, or related group of things, at a time (6-8). True, you can preattend one thing (of a routine nature) and attend another. But try to attend fully two unrelated conversations at a time, and you will RELAXED ATTENTION 39 find that you can do so only by alternating your attention between the two. You will also find that your attention naturally favors the conversation that most interests you, which introduces a second principle of voluntary attention: find interest in what you are attending, or your attention will wander, become divided, or have to be forced (6-9).

4•2 DOMINANT EYE 1. Stretch your arm out directly in front of you. With both eyes open, point a finger to a distant object. 2. Close one eye; open it, while simultaneously closing the other eye. Alternating left and right eyes, notice that each eye sees a slightly different image. ) 3. Close your left eye. If your finger continues to point toward the object, the eye you are looking through, your right eye, is dominant. If your finger appears to shift away from the object, your left eye is dominant.

VISUAL INDUCTION 16 On the left of Figure 3-14 are four "problem figures" that are a related series. On the right are five "answer figures," one of which is the fifth figure of this series. For example, the answer figure in the first line is d; we induce that the relating principle is an incremental "falling" of the line to the right. Can you induce the remaining answer figures? ~ d Figure 3-15. ANSWER FIGURES PROBLEM FIGURES I / \ a a b b c d e e c t ~ t ~t~t~t~l BACKGROUND 20 a Figure 3-14. b c d e The principle that relates the three designs is sequence: (1} the entire figure rotates 45 degrees; (2) the two sets of symbols move as sets, 90 degrees clockwise and 90 degrees counterclockwise; and (3) inner and outer sets of symbols exchange positions.

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