Is it true that most of the images such as brush strokes, patches of colour organised in a composition depict artist’s mental images?

Images: Series of drawing by an autistic child age 18 years old.

Dewey (2011) defined mental imagery as pictures in the mind or a visual representation in the absence of environmental input. Not everybody can conjure up mental images at will. Creative activities such as art are very subjective in nature. It’s hard to predict what inside the human mind, however, I think, with a proper technique will enable us to discover the hidden phenomenon in the human memory.

I wish I would be able to scan the autistic child’s mind, through their explicit behaviour especially through drawing I might find something regarding observation on their senses, emotion and making a decision. Grandin (as cited in New Scientist, 2018) Individuals on the autism spectrum often become fixated on the favourite things.

Autistic children tend to have a different channel. The channel reflects their favourite or interest. Perhaps by tracking the chain, we can ask them to do real activities such as art, music etc. and gain some insight to determine their traits. What say you?


Dewey (2011). Mental Imagery. Retrieved from

New Scientist (May, 5, 2018). Drawing autism: Art from the spectrum. Retrieved from

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Dr Zahari Hamidon is currently an Associate Professor at Cluster of Education and Social Sciences | Learning Technology at Open University Malaysia. He is a Head of Centre for Learning Technology and a Program Director for Master of Instructional Design and Technology (MIDT), Open University Malaysia

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