Nick Butler MPhil, MRPharmS, is clinical pharmacy manager at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.
It is natural for people to think in images. When you hear or read the word “train” an image will spring into your mind readily. This is because your brain is wired to process visual information rapidly and you can use images as mental building blocks to help you understand and retain information. Visual thinking relates to a variety of techniques used to represent ideas — using words and symbols — to convey meaning and context by appealing to both the right and left sides of the brain