Visual Thinking

Visual Thinking

The Hidden Gifts of People Who Think in Pictures, Patterns and Abstractions


'Grandin has helped us understand autism not just as a phenomenon, but as a different and coherent mode of existence that otherwise confounds us' The New York Times

'A powerful and provocative testament to the diverse coalition of minds we'll need to face the mounting challenges of the twenty-first century' Steve Silberman, bestselling author of NeuroTribes

Do you think in pictures, patterns or words?

In a world engineered for the verbal thinker, those of us with a visual brain can often be overlooked and underestimated. In this landmark book, international bestselling author and activist Temple Grandin transforms our understanding of how our brains are wired differently.

Bringing together cutting-edge research and her own experience as a visual thinker, Grandin reveals a ground-breaking new approach to revolutionizing modern structures such as education, health and media so that they equally serve people with all kinds of minds. Visual Thinking is a perspective shifting book that will open our eyes to the value of a life in picture.


  • Those who believe that human intelligence rests on language are in for a sophisticated lesson from Temple Grandin, who better than anyone knows all the other ways of grasping the world. An absolute eye-opener
    Frans de Waal, author of Mama’s Last Hug and Different

About the author

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin is one of the world's most accomplished and well known adults with autism. She is a distinguished professor of animal science at Colorado State University and the author of the New York Times bestsellers The Autistic Brain and Visual Thinking. Dr. Grandin has been a pioneer in improving the welfare of farm animals, as well as an outspoken advocate for the autism community. You can visit Temple Grandin online at or follow her on Twitter @DrTempleGrandin and on Facebook @DrTempleGrandin.
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