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Episode 14: Visual Imagery and Improv - Memory and Recall

Episode 14: Visual Imagery and Improv - Memory and Recall

Using visual imagination can help your improv scenes, but also help you remember details better. Part 2 of Ep. 10: Hyperphantasia, Visual Imagination & Improv.

Most humans have some amount of mental imagery, or visual imagery. You might find that you use the visuals to help you build and remember improv scenes. The extreme ends are considered to be neurodivergence (they are called hyperphantasia and aphantasia), but regardless of what or how much you have you can do great improv.

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For more information see “part 1” of this episode, which covers how visual imagination works and how it affects improv. You can find that episode here:

This episode focuses how to use visual imagery for memory recall in scenes and forms such as a monoscene or macroscene.

I discuss how visual imagery relates to flash memory (I mention this study here: The role of visual imagery in autobiographical memory).

I also include some maybe-practical tips that include:

  • how to use this to improve your scenes (and why it’s important)

  • good forms to try if you want to enhance visuals

  • how to utilize these techniques for second beats of a scene

So if you’re working on how to remember and recall in your scenes better, consider strengthening your visual imagery techniques and see if it helps.

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Improv and Neurodiversity - Podcast & Articles
Neurodiversity and Improv
This is a podcast about learning and performing improv comedy. I’m starting with episodes about neurodiversity and improv. Discussions about how being neurodivergent affects scenework, performance, teaching and coaching, teams, and learning (being a neurodivergent improv student).
Topics cover a lot about the intersection of autism and ADHD and improv. This podcast is relevant to all improvisers though: if you aren’t one of us, you either teach or do improv with us!
Not for diagnosing, not for therapy: just for discussing, learning, and being inclusive. No excuses, just explanation.
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