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Index Type: Journal article

A dual coding view of vocabulary learning

Dual coding theory distinguishes between verbal and non-verbal thought processes, and places mental imagery as the primary function for non-verbal processing. The theory claims that information is stored in two different ways – verbally and visually – and although these two codes are independent of one another, and can each be used separately, they can also interact to enhance learning.

Statistics of mental imagery

Galton asks 100 male participants to picture their breakfast table and then describe to him the vividness of their impressions. Galton discovers that this ability varied remarkably; some individuals could draw up mental images just as brilliant as the scene itself while 12 of his subjects could only conjure up a dim image, or no image at all.

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