Art Therapy Ottarsdottir offers a wide variety of lectures for institution staff, social organizations and various other groups. The lectures are held at Art Therapy Ottarsdottir and at select locations, relative to demand at any one time. For further information, please email: unnur@unnurarttherapy.is

Memory Through Pictures

Visualization has been used as a memory retention technique since the days of the Ancient Greeks. However, drawings have only recently been applied to aid memory, for example in relation to mind-mapping techniques. In 2000, Unnur Óttarsdóttir conducted a study that showed that drawings facilitate long-term memory.

Memory drawings are contextualised in the lecture in relation to related theories, research and methodologies. For example, the reason why drawing facilitates memory is discussed in relation to theories underlying art therapy. Ethical questions are also raised from the perspective of art therapy in relation to memory drawings for children who struggle with emotional and specific learning difficulties.

Processing Emotions and Memorising Coursework through Memory Drawing

Ways in which drawings facilitate memory function are presented in the lecture. Examples are taken which are derived from a qualitative case study which shows the way in which memory drawings can be applied simultaneously in both therapy and education. A quantitative study is discussed which revealed that children generally recalled drawn images five times better than written words, nine weeks after originally participating in the study. Lecture participants are invited to partake in a simple drawing- and writing exercise which provides insight into various memorization aids and how they work. Moreover, the exercise offers a window into how the research was carried out and how drawing improves memory retention.