Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Data Visualization

       The video talked about how people can communicate things quicker through data visualization because our brains can decipher the design. They used and example of a tiger running through the grass. We have the ability to tell the difference between the pattern of the grass and the moving tiger. Our brains are wired this way and we need this skill in order to survive. A concept like this is not common sense. It was very interesting to hear what they had to say. I never really thought about how our brain works when we see these patterns.
       Throughout the video they also said that the best and fastest way to change someone's mind or behavior is by showing it visually. This interested me because since my major is speech-language-hearing sciences, we talk a lot about behavior and how to change it. For example, if a child is acting up during a therapy session or if we are working with people who have emotional/behavioral disturbances. I thought it was interesting that they said sometimes visually showing the desired behavior results in the target behavior.
       Lastly, they said it's helpful to show something visually that is complex and hard to comprehend. I would have to agree with this statement. I am a visual learner, therefore sometimes in class it's hard to understand a concept unless there are visuals. For example, chemistry is difficult for me. Last year we learned about the electron orbits. This is something that only made sense to me if the teacher drew out each orbit and explained it that way.

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