Visual Intelligence

Visual Intelligence

Sharpen your Perception, Change your Life

Book - 2016
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An engrossing guide to seeing - and communicating - more clearly from the groundbreaking course that helps FBI agents, cops, CEOs, ER docs, and others save money, reputations, and lives.

How could looking at Monet's water lily paintings help save your company millions? How can checking out people's footwear foil a terrorist attack? How can your choice of adjective win an argument, calm your kid, or catch a thief? In her celebrated seminar, the Art of Perception, art historian Amy Herman has trained experts from many fields how to perceive and communicate better. By showing people how to look closely at images, she helps them hone their "visual intelligence," a set of skills we all possess but few of us know how to use properly. She has spent more than a decade teaching doctors to observe patients instead of their charts, helping police officers separate facts from opinions when investigating a crime, and training professionals from the FBI, the State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the military to recognize the most pertinent and useful information. Her lessons highlight far more than the physical objects you may be missing; they teach you how to recognize the talents, opportunities, and dangers that surround you every day. Whether you want to be more effective on the job, more empathetic toward your loved ones, or more alert to the trove of possibilities and threats all around us, this book will show you how to see what matters most to you more clearly than ever before.
Publisher: Boston :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2016]
ISBN: 9780544381056
Branch Call Number: 152.14 HER
Characteristics: xx, 316 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm


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Mar 06, 2018

It's been a while since I read this book but I remember thinking it was one of the most interesting books I had read in a long time. Amy Herman presents us with art masterpieces and instructs us to study them for a few minutes as thoroughly as we can. I thought I had noticed everything there was to notice in the art, but no so. It was amazing what I overlooked - and some of it was so obvious. There are also illusion pictures presented (ex: where you either see a goblet or profiles of two people). This book is so fascinating and full of interesting facts and I have forgotten so much of it that I will definitely be reading it again in the near future.

Jul 11, 2016

I see things very differently after reading this book. By using art to train the eyes to see details, a whole new world opens up.

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