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Seeing what others cannot see : the hidden advantages of visual thinkers and differently wired brains

Author: Thomas G West
Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2017.
Series: Developmental Disabilities Resource guide.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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For over 25 years, Thomas G. West has been a leading advocate for the importance of visual thinking, visual technologies and the creative potential of individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. In this new book, he investigates how different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking can help to make discoveries and solve problems in innovative and unexpected ways. West focuses on what he has  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Case studies
Fallstudier
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
West, Thomas G., 1943-
Seeing what others cannot see.
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2017
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas G West
ISBN: 9781633883017 1633883019
OCLC Number: 1027540043
Description: 277 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
Seeing the whole --
Visual perspectives --
Seeing along the spectrum --
The power of design --
Those who can see --
Insiders, outsiders --
Observing, listening, writing --
Those who cannot see --
Visual families and Nobel prizes --
Conclusion.
Series Title: Developmental Disabilities Resource guide.
Responsibility: Thomas G. West.

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For over 25 years, Thomas G. West has been a leading advocate for the importance of visual thinking, visual technologies and the creative potential of individuals with dyslexia and other learning differences. In this new book, he investigates how different kinds of brains and different ways of thinking can help to make discoveries and solve problems in innovative and unexpected ways. West focuses on what he has learned over the years from a group of extraordinarily creative, intelligent, and interesting people -- those with dyslexia, Asperger's syndrome, and other different ways of thinking, learning, and working. He shows that such people can provide important insights missed by experts as they also can prevent institutional "group think."?Based on first-person accounts, West tells stories that include a dyslexic paleontologist in Montana, a special effects tech who worked for Pink Floyd and Kiss and who is now an advocate for those with Asperger's syndrome, a group of dyslexic master code breakers in a British electronic intelligence organization, a Colorado livestock handling expert who has become a forceful advocate for those with autism and a family of dyslexics and visual thinkers in Britain that includes four winners of the Nobel Prize in Physics. He also discusses persistent controversies and the unfolding science. This is an inspiring book that not only documents the achievements of people with various learning differences, but reveals their great potential -- especially in a new digital age where traditional clerical and academic skills are less and less important while an ability to think in pictures and to understand patterns using high-level computer information visualizations is rapidly increasing in value in the global economic marketplace.

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