ERIC Number: ED263036
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr
Cognitive Imagery and Diagrams in Teaching Personality Theory.
Olds, Linda E.
Summarized in this paper are the literature on cognitive imagery and teaching methodologies and an approach to the teaching of theories of personality that emphasize cognitive imagery as a strategy for enhancing learning in college students. The work of Kosslyn represents a major approach to the study of imagery in cognitive psychology. Central to this argument is the importance of imagery as a way of processing information and an insistence that the imagery does not imply literal, internal pictures in the head. Kosslyn, as well as Day, Toth, Hampden-Turner, and others, focus on the potential importance of cognitive variables for enhancing learning of complex materials. The implications of this as a tool of learning for college students can be seen in the teaching of theories of personality. Students in two advanced classes in personality theory were required to make diagrams or drawings of each major personality theory, indicating visually the way various concepts were interrelated. Students reported significantly enhanced understanding of the theories and their interrelationships. (LP)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western Psychological Association (San Jose, CA, April 18-21, 1985).