Annals of Dyslexia

, Volume 41, Issue 1, pp 246–260 | Cite as

Gestalt imagery: A critical factor in language comprehension

  • Nanci Bell
Part III Recent Research Findings


Gestalt imagery—the ability to create imaged wholes—is a critical factor in oral and written language comprehension. Despite good decoding, good vocabulary, and adequate background experiences, many individuals experience weak gestalt imagery, thus processing “parts” rather than “wholes,” from verbal stimuli, spoken or written. This contributes to a Language Comprehension Disorder that may be accompanied by a commonality of symptoms: weak reading comprehension, weak oral language comprehension, weak oral language expression, weak written language expression, difficulty following directions, and a weak sense of humor. Sequential stimulation using an inquiry technique develops gestalt imagery and results in significant improvement in reading comprehension.


Reading Comprehension Mental Imagery Language Comprehension Percentile Ranking Word Attack 
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  • Nanci Bell
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  1. 1.Lindamood-Bell Learning ProcessesSan Luis Obispo

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