Hierarchy of attention

I was wondering if there was a definite way to self-identify my most efficient learning style (in the VARK: Visual, Auditory, Reading, Kinaesthetic sense).  What is the hierarchy of input stimuli to which I most respond ?

A couple of events may have partially answered it for me …

I was listening to a podcast while watching my son’s football training.  At times when something interesting happened in front of me I completely missed the audio track and kept having to re-play it.   So it seems like Visual trumps Audio in my brain.

Likewise my parents have taken to putting subtitles on when watching TV.  If I’m watching TV at their house I can’t stop reading the subtitles, even though I can hear it perfectly well.  This means that I spend more time reading the on-screen text than watching the picture.   So it seems like Text/Reading beats a Visual stimulus.

I’m not sure by what method I’d test Kinaesthetic attention.   But I think that I’ve indicated a learning (or input) preference for myself:   (1) Text > (2) Visual > (3) Audio.



Here are a few pictures that I drew … some time ago.  It’s so long ago now that I look back and can’t believe that I had the patience to do them.  My favourite is the one named anouk, which is the name of the person whose picture I copied from a tatty old book of movies and movie stars.

Pictures are: #1 A teddy bear (This was drawn from life. The bear belonged to my sister). #2 A fashion model (This was drawn from a magazine). #3 An actress (This was drawn from a movie book). #4 Alex (This was drawn from a photo of my nephew)

Chain Reaction

Ever listened to BBC Radio 4’s Chain Reaction ?  It’s brilliant – here are a few quotes from some of my favourite episodes:

Graham Linehan talks to Adam Buxton.  Ser.9 Ep.6.  Graham (02:08): “I’m at a slight disadvantage in being the interviewer this week, because I have no interest in other people”.

Stewart Lee interviews Alan Moore.  Ser.1 Ep.5.  Alan (03:30) talking about DC comic author Stan Lee: “[he] had this huge breakthrough of two-dimensional characters”.   

Stewart Lee interviews Alan Moore.  Ser.1 Ep.5.  Alan (16:11) talking about his parody of the genesis of the Batman character, in which his character says “my parents have been gunned down in front of my eyes, I will become a mumbling, traumatised street-person and scare everybody, not just criminals”.

Mark Thomas talks to Alexei Sayle.  Ser.2 Ep.3.  Mark (03:13): “Your parents were both Communists, how much did that influence you?” Alexi: “Massively,  they told me that it was Lenin who came down the chimney at Christmas”.