chapter  5
Visualisation and synaesthesia
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As you were reading about Mary above, how did you experience what you were reading? Was it as if you heard the words being spoken in your head, or did you experience some or all of the paragraph visually – as a series of images or like a movie? If you are someone who visualises what you are reading, it may seem strange to ask these questions. However, in a study which asked students about their individual experiences when reading, at least a third said they did not experience any images (Grant, 2009). (Note. I am also someone who is a nonvisualiser.) Of those who did experience a mental picture

of what they were reading, the quality of visual imagery reported varied from poor to being in full colour and high definition, with about one third reporting good-or excellent-quality visualisation.