Visual memory vs. perceptual reasoning

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yamato_rena
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04 Sep 2014, 8:04 pm

So I had to get re-evaluated by a new psychologist for my new university, and I will henceforward have an actual diagnosis of ASD (instead of my previous position of having a slightly different diagnosis along with a sort of verbal recognition by the previous psychologist that even if it doesn't meet the official criteria, as a practical matter it was probably ASD). So that makes me feel a little relieved. One thing the psychologist said that confused me, though, is that he did not agree with the previous diagnosis of NVLD because he said my perceptual reasoning skills were actually quite good. He said it was specifically in my visual memory skills where there was a major deficit. This is the first time I've heard non-verbal skills separated out like that. I don't have another appointment for a while, so I was wondering if someone could explain to me what the difference between "perceptual reasoning" and "visual memory" is. What does this mean I need to focus on trying to improve and/or compensate for?



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04 Sep 2014, 8:43 pm

yamato_rena wrote:
So I had to get re-evaluated by a new psychologist for my new university, and I will henceforward have an actual diagnosis of ASD (instead of my previous position of having a slightly different diagnosis along with a sort of verbal recognition by the previous psychologist that even if it doesn't meet the official criteria, as a practical matter it was probably ASD). So that makes me feel a little relieved. One thing the psychologist said that confused me, though, is that he did not agree with the previous diagnosis of NVLD because he said my perceptual reasoning skills were actually quite good. He said it was specifically in my visual memory skills where there was a major deficit. This is the first time I've heard non-verbal skills separated out like that. I don't have another appointment for a while, so I was wondering if someone could explain to me what the difference between "perceptual reasoning" and "visual memory" is. What does this mean I need to focus on trying to improve and/or compensate for?

This is my guess.
Perceptive reasoning is present tense.
Visual memory is past tense.
If you have a visual pattern or problem to solve, you can do so. However, your memory doesn't hold on to the memory of the problem properly and so if forced to solve by memory you can't.
Perceptive memory for example could be in a cube puzzle like a rubik's cube (bad example, rubik's cubes are almost always solved by memory due to complexity), but a puzzle like that, you should be able to solve the puzzle easily enough, but you will have the same amount of trouble if you try to solve it again because the solution wasn't saved in your visual memory. If you had bad perceptive reasoning and good visual memory, you may find that it takes a lot longer to solve the puzzle, but once you have solved it you know the solution.
I'm guessing that perceptive reasoning is like spatial reasoning in this context, so if you play video games you are probably using tons of spatial/perceptive reasoning to navigate the game successfully, but less likely to remember how you actually figured the game out.