Spatial intelligence is the ability to comprehend three-dimensional images and shapes. This is a primary function of the right side of the brain and is used when solving puzzles, figuring out maps and taking part in any type of construction or engineering project.
Some aphants report stronger spatial intelligence due to the absence of visual imagery. I tried this test with Tom and he scored “well above average.” How did you do?
I did slightly above average. I can conceptualize turning or folding the images; I just can’t vizualize them. It blows my mind that "normal" people might actually close their eyes to take a quiz like this. Then again, I guess if I could form images in my head, I might try to use this to my advantage as well.
This is very interesting.
It’s the sort of mathematical games I’ve always been actually pretty good about.
So the first one is almost immediate. The second took me about 5 seconds. The third though is somewhat more complicated and it takes me about 15 seconds.
The second one I resolve it the same way I orient myself. I have a very good sense of direction, among friends I’m the best finding the way back to the parked car or to the exit of the mall or the directions in a new city. I solve that kind of problem the same way I find the direction: the little object goes first left, then right, then up and so on. It’s very fast, in my head it goes something like "turn turn turn, correct. turn, turn tu.. oops, wrong"
The third one instead requires me to actually remember the colors’ relative positions, like I have to tell that verbally in my mind: "green to the left of yellow". In that way then I can compare the test to the verbal image in my mind.
The first one works as the last, but does not require verbal translation: my mind just knows right away that, for instance, "big circle is to the left of small square", without the need of verbally telling that to myself. It’s still more like a conceptual memory, not a visual one.
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