Back in February of 2010, Elyse from Skepchick posted an Afternoon Inquisition on my behalf. It came about because I had wondered in the comments of a previous post (along with commenter Danarra) about how people think, how they interpret sensory information in their brains.
For instance, when I picture the days of the week in my head, Sunday through Saturday, I picture the days flowing in the opposite direction that they do on a calendar; from right to left. When I picture the order of songs on a music album, sometimes they ‘look’ (feel?) vertical, sometimes horizontal. Sometimes the order of the songs starts out under some kind of low ‘shelf’, from left to right, and the shelf rises up the further into the album I listen. I know. It’s weird. And really difficult to describe. Also, I always picture the same album in the same way (the weird ‘shelf’ thing is how I picture Nevermind by Nirvana).
I had also wondered about how we experience thoughts. Are they visual, like a movie playing out? Do you think in words? Shapes? Colors? And speaking of colors, I had wondered if what I call Green is exactly what someone else calls Green? And now I have learned that some women may be able to see more subtle distinctions between colors than the general population.
The comments were great and I really enjoyed trying to understand the processes through which different people think and ‘see’ in their minds. And now that I can ask the readers directly, I will!
How do you think? Do you have what you consider a peculiar way of visualizing things in your mind? Do your thoughts appear as words, images or something else entirely?
The ART Inquisition (or AI) is a question posed to you, the Mad Art Lab community. Look for it to appear Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3pm ET.