Visual Closure is one of the basic components of learning. It is the ability to perceive a whole image when only a part of the information is available.
For example, most people quickly recognize this as a panda.
Poor visual closure skills can have an adverse effect on academics. Especially math and reading.
Visual Closure and Reading
When we read visual closure allows us to quickly recognize letters and words without having to fully decode them. Our brain fills in the information quickly using visual closure and this increases reading efficiency.
Because efficiency is increased we not only read faster but also with better comprehension. This is because the efficiency of visual closure removes cognitive load and allows other thinking processes to operate. In other words, if we are expending too much energy to decode the words we have very little brain power left over for things like comprehension. Visual closure is an integral part of reading.
Visual Closure and Math
Recent studies have found that we can have the ability to recognize quantities without counting. With this skill, we can see a number of objects and actually know how many there are. This is one of those amazing background processes of our brain that we rarely notice exist. This skill is a visual closure skill. Having this skill better developed can greatly increase math ability.
Those that are great at math use skills like this to reduce cognitive load. To them, answer come out of the blue because the faster subconscious brain is processing them. The Learning Success System has exercises specifically designed to enhance visual closure skills specific to both math and reading as well as more generalized visual closure skills.
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