Thursday Lecture Series: Hide and Seek

Evidence of Visual and Verbal Thinking

Thursday, The Heyman Center

Professor Otis discussed the results of a qualitative study investigating
individual differences in the experience of thought. She
interviewed thirty-four scientists, engineers, novelists, poets, artists,
and other creative professionals with the aim of learning how
they vary in their mental use of words and images. To a large
degree, the felt experience of conscious thought remains hidden.
Everyone thinks, but what goes on in other people’s heads remains
a mystery. In her talk, Dr. Otis shared the intuitions of her
creative participants and talked about their relevance to scientific
and literary knowledge.