Reproductive imagination is a process where one transforms perceived verbal or written speech (words) into visual images, using a spatial organization of images in the imagination.
With this connection, bear in mind that your thinking can be either unintentional (automatic) or intentional (conscious).
When you consciously manipulate visual images in your imagination – enlarge, rotate, or disassemble – this is called arbitrary conscious thinking.
When you perceive an oral statement and images automatically organize themselves in your imagination, it is called unintentional or automatic thinking. In other words, another person’s speech toggles your imagination (an example: a raven holds a piece of cheese in her beak).
Thinking may be direct or indirect.
Direct thinking occurs when you operate visual images in your imagination in perfect silence.
If you use speech, inner or vocal, to arrange these images in your imagination, you do not operate them directly, but by using speech as a mechanism of your reproductive imagination.
Direct thinking is much more efficient simply because it is faster. When you operate images using your inner speech, your thinking speed is limited by the speed of your speech. This is the first big disadvantage of “verbal thinking.”
Another drawback of verbal thinking is a possible presence of errors in phrases you have learned by heart. False connections, often call “bias” or “misconception” or “prejudice,” are often “frozen” into phrases you learn as a child; preconceived notions – whether true or false can limit memory. People who verbalize most of their thinking can deprive themselves of understanding obvious phenomena.
Heavy encyclopedias explaining thousands of “misconceptions” (false connections “frozen” in the subconscious of millions of people through fixed, set expressions) - often thanks to some journalist with a good sense of humor - are sold daily.
Okay, back to the topic at hand. Two parallel channels can be distinguished in reproductive imagination. The first is the channel of reflex transformation of words (nouns) into visual images. The second one is the channel of spatial image organization in imagination or the spatial operator’s channel.
Nouns are transformed into visual images at a reflex level: a table, a chair, a pen, an apple or a shirt.
Verbs, adjectives, suffixes, prepositions, declensions are all spatial operators. Their task is to operate the images (nouns) in your imagination. A cup IS STANDING ON a table; a cat IS LYING UNDER the TABLE; BLACK cat; and RED cup.
Only four combinations can be obtained from the two channels, four possible variations of reproductive imaginative work. Carefully observe your how your imagination works and analyze what influences speech understanding and how this occurs.
The first variant: complete understanding. Information goes through both reproductive imagination channels: a vase with a red rose is on a table.
The second variant: incomplete understanding. The spatial operators channel is turned off: a spoon, a leaf. (The brain does not know how to spatially organize the objects).
The third variant: incomplete understanding. The channel of reflex transformation of words into visual images is turned off: tany with draginbird foffers at nead (The brain is ready to spatially organize the images, but there are no images to organize).
The fourth variant: complete incomprehension of speech. Ghturh tyu nahj kiopl treyud. (Both reproductive imagination channels are blocked – there are no image words and no spatial operators). The brain DOES NOT REACT to this speech message. You will not even be able to repeat it correctly.
Speech (or text) unintentional memorization and anamnesis are carried out on an electric memory basis. When you hear a speech, not only do the words of the speech cause images to appear in your imagination, but they also connect them. Connection creation between visual images (electric memory) happens automatically. An example: instead of leaves, candy hangs on the branches of a birch tree that is painted red. The words of the text not only made images appear in your imagination, but also connected them into a spatially organized picture. It is due to the automatic image connection that you memorized the picture.
Speech anamnesis happens the other way round. You remember (generate) visual images by fixed connections and then “translate” them into speech. That is why textual information is always remembered this way.
SENSE is a spatially organized picture that appears in your imagination. When a person says, “Your statement doesn’t make any sense,” it means that their brain failed to generate a spatially organized combination of images.
If we change the word order in the phrase: “a red vase is standing on a table,” and say instead “there is a vase, which is red, standing on a table,” the SENSE, a spatially organized combination of visual images, will not change.
GMS® training is a very powerful tool for developing your attention and visual thinking, the ability to imagine and operate images in your mind. Visual thinking is the foundation of UNDERSTANDING. If a person does not have any images in his imagination when reading a book, then he DOES NOT UNDERSTAND the text.
It is a well-known fact that people trained to memorize, often work as art or scientific directors due to an almost paranormal ability to understand textual information and see mistakes and text incoherence.
Albert Einstein, no doubt a thinking man, once said: “Apparently, language words in their written or oral form do not play any role in the thinking mechanism. Psychic essences that probably act as the elements of thought, are particular signs and more or less clear images that one can reproduce and combine intentionally…simple words and other signs have to be searched for with great effort only at the second stage, when the mentioned association is stable and can be reproduced on purpose.” In other words, speech, at a certain stage of thinking, is only a mechanism of outputting and inputting information into another brain.
During memorization with the help of GMS® techniques, you will see that speech has to be switched on only when there is a necessity to transmit information to another person. Many images used as auxiliary images in memorization often do not need to be labeled or have a name since they never leave the brain; you only need to see them in your imagination.
In my opinion, academic psychology exaggerates the role of speech in the thinking process. Moreover, it looks suspicious when people think out loud and speak to themselves.