If you can’t imagine things, how can you learn? – The Guardian (June 04, 2016)

If you can’t imagine things, how can you learn? – The Guardian (June 04, 2016)

Never underestimate the power of visualisation. It may sound like a self-help mantra, but a growing body of evidence shows that mental imagery can accelerate learning and improve performance of all sorts of skills. For athletes and musicians, “going through the motions,” or mentally rehearsing the movements in the mind, is just as effective as physical training, and motor imagery can also help stroke patients regain function of their paralysed limbs.

For most of us, visual imagery is essential for memory, daydreaming and imagination. But some people apparently lack a mind’s eye altogether, and find it impossible to conjure up such visual images – and their inability to do so may affect their ability to learn and their educational performance. For further reading, visit “The Guardian”.

Article Written by: Mo Costandi

Courtesy: Guardian News & Media Ltd.

 Today’s Words:

  1. Conjure (verb) – to bring about something appear by magic.
  2. Aphantasia (noun) – a condition where a person is unable to visualise images in their minds eye. In Greek, “a” means “without” and “phantasia” means “a capacity to form mental images”)
  3. Paralysed (adjective) – difficulty in moving the body (or one of its part). disabled.
  4. limb  (noun) – leg or arm (of a person).
  5. Revelation (noun) – report, news, fact, declaration.
  6. Count sheep (idiom) – to count sheep (one by one) in mind by closing your eyes to sleep.
  7. Metaphor (noun) – image, symbol, figurative expression,allusion.
  8. Goddam  (adjective) – uttered to emphasis something.
  9. Eugenics (noun) – the science that deals about “well-born”
  10. Set out (phrasal verb) – aim, intend, hope, aspire.
  11. Faculty (noun) – power, capacity, capability.
  12. Vividness (noun) – a state of producing/making distinct mental images.
  13. Congenital (adjective) – inborn, inherent, innate, chronic.
  14. Cornerstone (noun) – foundation, basis, fundamental, centre.
  15. Put forward (phrasal verb) – recommend, propose, suggest.
  16. Prose (noun) – the ordinary language which people speak or write.
  17. Subjective (adjective) – personal, individual, intuitive.
  18. Phenomenon (noun) – fact, thing, experience.
  19. Allude (verb) – refer to, suggest, hint at, mention.
  20. Serviceably (adverb) – usefully.
  21. Descriptive (adjective) – pictorial, illustrative, vivid, graphic.
  22. Implication (noun) – suggestion, hint, indication.
  23. Questionnaire (noun) – set of questions.
  24. Objectively (adverb) – experimentally, actually, really.
  25. Impinge (verb) – affect, influence.
  26. Devise (verb) – plan, conceive, invent, formulate.


  • Click each one of the words above for their definition, more synonyms, pronunciation, example sentences, phrases, derivatives, origin and etc from http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/ .
  • Synonyms provided for the words above are my personal work and not that of Oxford University Press.

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