So often we don’t realize that we see things in a more specific way when we are in a new environment. We might not feel that way, but when we are in a new environment, our attention to detail starts to surface. Visual recognition is the act of finding out when something is new or new.
We all know the classic example of someone looking at a white wall, and wondering, “Oh I must have just been there.” Visual recognition is also the act of having an awareness of the difference between a familiar and a new experience. When we experience a familiar experience, we can mentally “see” it.
So, visual recognition is the act of consciously noticing the difference between a familiar experience and a new experience. For example, when we were all together at our wedding, that might have been one of the more memorable moments in our lives, but it might not have been for the fact that we all remembered exactly where we were, when we were all together, and the exact time. We can remember that because it’s not just a feeling, but a mental activity, too.
Visual recognition is what allows us to differentiate between a familiar experience and a new experience. It’s also what makes us think that we’re still in the same situation, and that we can still remember exactly where we are, when we were all together, and the exact time.
Visual recognition is more like a physical recognition. An experienced person can recognize your face, your body, your voice, and the way I’m talking. In fact, if you’re looking at an object in your face or a piece of paper in your hand, it’s a visual recognition. In other words, visual recognition helps you to identify it better because it’s a physical recognition.
As I mentioned, visual recognition is more like a physical recognition and therefore less prone to mistake, but the problem is that most people do not have the skills to recognize it. So, even though visual recognition is an easier way to identify things, it will be more difficult for a person to recognize all those little signs you see when you are in pain or when you have just had a bad day. The problem is that people are lazy and they do not think about things as they are.
I’ve discussed the importance of learning how to recognize the pain in yourself when you see it, and it’s something I’ve also discussed in my book, “Visual Recognition: An Intimate Guide to the Science, Art, and Culture of Recognizing Pain and Other Emotional States, Signs, and Emotions” (www.visualrecognition.com).
Visual recognition is a powerful tool. It is the only way to recognize pain and other emotions. With a few words I’ve been able to make a nice list of the ten most important visual stimuli to recognize that I can’t do without.
The good news is that Ive learned a lot from my experience. It seems to be going a little like my old work, which is a lot of work. It’s always good to practice it.
I’m glad that you found some useful information on this list. I can’t help but feel that some of my ideas are completely wrong. I’m going to fix this. If I have to go over it all again, I’ll be much happier and more productive.