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Your Sensory Preferences

post #1 of 18
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Sensory Preferences

This checklist indicates your sensory preference(s). It is designed for adults and is one of many that are available. You should not rely on just one checklist for self-assessment. Remember that sensory preferences are usually evident only during prolonged and complex learning tasks


Directions: For each item, circle "A" if you agree that the statement describes you most of the time. Circle "D" if you disagree that the statement describes you most of the time. Move quickly through the questions. Your first response is usually the more accurate one. Do not read through the test before you take it.


1. I prefer reading a story rather than listening to someone tell it. A D

2. I would rather watch television than listen to the radio. A D

3. I remember names better than faces A D

4. I like classrooms with lots of posters and pictures around the room. A D


5. The appearance of my handwriting is important to me. A D

6. I think more often in pictures. A D

7. I am distracted by visual disorder or movement .A D

8. I have difficulty remembering directions that were told to me. A D
9. I would rather watch athletic events than participate in them A D

10. I tend to organize my thoughts by writing them down A D

11. My facial expression is a good indicator of my emotions A D

12. I tend to remember names better than faces A D

13. I would enjoy taking part in dramatic events like plays A D

14. I tend to subvocalize and think in sounds A D

15. I am easily distracted by sounds A D

16. I easily forget what I read unless I talk about it A D

17. I would rather listen to the radio than watch television A D

18. My handwriting is not very good A D

19. When faced with a problem I tend to talk it through A D

20. I express my emotions verbally A D

21. I would rather be in a group discussion than read about a topic A D

22. I prefer talking on the phone than writing a letter to someone A D

23. I would prefer to participate in athletic events than watch them A D D

24. I prefer going to a museums where I can touch the exhibits A D

25. My handwriting deteriorates when the space gets smaller A D

26. My mental images are usually accompanied by movement A D

27. I like being outdoors and doing things like biking, camping, swimming, hiking etc A D

28. I remember best what was done rather what was seen or talked about A D

29. When faced with a problem, I often select the solution involving the greatest activity A D

30. I like to make models or other hand-crafted things A D

31. I would rather do experiments than read about them A D

32. My body language is a good indicator of my emotions A D

33. I have difficulty remembering verbal directions if I have not done the activity before A D



Interpreting your score

Total number of “A” responses in items 1-11:
This is your visual score ____

Total number of “A” responses in items 12-22
This is your auditory score ________

Total number of “A” responses in items 23-33
This is your tactile/kinesthetic score ____


If you scored a lot higher in any one area: This sense is very probably your preference during a protracted and complex learning situation.

If you scored a lot lower in any one area: This is not likely to be your preference in a learning situation.

If you have similar scores in all three areas: You can learn things in almost any way they are presented.

The test is from "How the Brain Learns" by David A. Sousa

For instructors: Do your results fit with your perception of how you learn? Do you find that you teach with a bias toward your preferred sensory preference?
For Students: In your experience has your instructor structured your lesson to fit you sensory preference?
post #2 of 18
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My results:
Interpreting your score

Total number of “A” responses in items 1-11:
This is your visual score ____7

Total number of “A” responses in items 12-22
This is your auditory score ___4_____

Total number of “A” responses in items 23-33
This is your tactile/kinesthetic score ____10

My results are consistent with my preferred method of learning, doer, watcher. I want to hear the why of things, it helps me to understand but I don't like standing around listening to long winded explanations I prefer the Just shut up and let's ski approach.

I had taken this test awhile ago so I'm aware of my own bias and when I teach I try to hit all the senses in a group lessen. For privates I try to discern the students preferences and teach to their strength.
post #3 of 18
Visual - 5

Auditory - 2

Tactile - 9
post #4 of 18
visual-7
audio-4
tactile-7
Hmmmm, wife might be on to something.
post #5 of 18
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Originally Posted by BillA View Post
My results are consistent with my preferred method of learning, doer, watcher. I want to hear the why of things, it helps me to understand but I don't like standing around listening to long winded explanations I prefer the Just shut up and let's ski approach.
In your response you point out two interesting things. Thinker, feeler, watcher, doer, visual, auditory, kinesthetic etc, etc are cognitive ie understanding skills. They are not in and of themselves skills that will lead to motor skill development. Motor skills (the sequencing and firing of specific muscles) are things your brain learns to do through repetitive movement. VAK etc can facilitate motor skill development by focused repetition but the bottom line remains the brain learns through repetition.

So a challenge for all instructors, no matter the sport, is to first understand motor skills then how can we facilitate their development and retention.
post #6 of 18
My score was 5-2-5. I don't do well on tests with either/or answers. I live in a different world than what this test presumes. I try to bias my lessons towards my student's needs, but will go for an equal mix otherwise.

As a "Carr", I have outstanding motor skills.
post #7 of 18
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Originally Posted by therusty View Post
My score was 5-2-5. I don't do well on tests with either/or answers. I live in a different world than what this test presumes. I try to bias my lessons towards my student's needs, but will go for an equal mix otherwise.

snicker. Mine was 5-5-5 but only because I felt forced into answers where the proper one was 'neither'
post #8 of 18
7-7-8, though twice it should have been neither
post #9 of 18
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
snicker. Mine was 5-5-5 but only because I felt forced into answers where the proper one was 'neither'
Yes, the language is binding on certain questions. That said, I scored 6-5-6.
post #10 of 18
I was a tad bit bound too.
5
5
9
post #11 of 18
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mikewil View Post
In your response you point out two interesting things. Thinker, feeler, watcher, doer, visual, auditory, kinesthetic etc, etc are cognitive ie understanding skills. They are not in and of themselves skills that will lead to motor skill development. Motor skills (the sequencing and firing of specific muscles) are things your brain learns to do through repetitive movement. VAK etc can facilitate motor skill development by focused repetition but the bottom line remains the brain learns through repetition.

So a challenge for all instructors, no matter the sport, is to first understand motor skills then how can we facilitate their development and retention.
Mike,
Are you saying there is no thinking in skiing? If you are at the autonomous stage you could say there is no thinking other than thinking about where you want to go.
Visualization is a form of cognition, no? There have been some studies that suggest that visualization is as effective at improving motor skills as actual practice. I'll try to find a link to the study.
post #12 of 18
6-3-8 I also felt that some questions had no good answer.
post #13 of 18
4
7
6
Not sure yet what this means....I always thought I was visual...lol
post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by BillA View Post
Mike,
Are you saying there is no thinking in skiing? If you are at the autonomous stage you could say there is no thinking other than thinking about where you want to go.
Visualization is a form of cognition, no? There have been some studies that suggest that visualization is as effective at improving motor skills as actual practice. I'll try to find a link to the study.

Asolutely not. What I am saying-confirmed by psychologists who work with PGA Tour champions-is that motor skills are learned through repetition. For example, ask Tiger Woods to hit a high draw and he does not remotely consider the mechanics to hit that shot. He has hit it so many times he just thinks high draw and his brain invokes all the the necessary muscles and sequencing.

A late night and early morning so the answer is necesarily short.
post #15 of 18
6,5,4

I work really hard to teach multimodally so that students don't have to fight to find their learning. I do find that those who are kinesthetic and teach that way make it more difficult for me to learn (classic question, "What do you feel when you..." my answer: "Am I supposed to feel something?" : ).
post #16 of 18
8
3
10
I'm not an instructor, but a student and the question "what do you feel when you..." popped in my mind every now and then when being instructed, but somehow I refrained to ask...
And here I don't understand. I felt I always learnt better when someone clearly explained things to me (auditory)
Maybe I've misunderstood some question...
post #17 of 18
7/4/7 Pretty much what I expected
In teaching I try to make use of as many senses as I can employ. I think it gives you a better chance of reaching understandings with people you haven't known long
post #18 of 18
6/2/10 I already knew that as well
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