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2nd Edition

Thinking Visually

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ISBN 9781032100258
September 30, 2021 Forthcoming by Psychology Press
232 Pages 118 Color Illustrations

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Book Description

Thinking Visually documents the many ways pictures, visual images, and spatial metaphors influence our thinking. The book discusses recent empirical, theoretical, and applied contributions that support the view that visual thinking occurs not only where we expect to find it, but also where we do not. Much of comprehending language, for instance, depends on visual simulations of words or on spatial metaphors that provide a foundation for conceptual understanding.

This edition has been fully updated throughout and features new coverage of a range of topical and fascinating areas of research, including aesthetics, visual narratives, communicating health risks, dreams, clinical imagery, mathematical games, and the influence of action on perception. It also features a new chapter on Mixed Reality to showcase the many exciting developments in this area.

The broad coverage, colourful figures, and research discoveries provide a solid foundation for understanding visual thinking across a wide spectrum of activities. It will be an essential read for all students and researchers interested in Visual Thinking.

Table of Contents


I. Development

Chapter 1: Images Versus Words

Chapter 2: Images Before Words

Chapter 3: Estimation

II. Visual Displays

Chapter 4: Pictures

Chapter 5: Diagrams

Chapter 6: Graphs

III. Images

Chapter 7: Creating Images

Chapter 8: Manipulating Images

Chapter 9: Spatial Metaphors

IV. Multimedia Instruction

Chapter 10: Multimedia Principles

Chapter 11: Mathematics Instructional software

Chapter 12: Science Instructional software

V. Action

Chapter 13: Physical Reality

Chapter 14: Virtual Reality

Chapter 15: Mixed Reality


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Stephen K. Reed is an Emeritus Professor at San Diego State University and a visiting scholar at the University of California, San Diego. He is the author of five books including Cognitive Skills You Need for the 21st Century. He is now working on the 10th edition of the text Cognition: Theory and Applications.