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J Clin Pharmacol. 1993 Dec;33(12):1139-46.

Tangential symbols: using visual symbolization to teach pharmacological principles of drug addiction to international audiences.

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Department of Corporate Medical Director, Chemical Abuse Centers, Inc., Austintown, OH.


Visual art was used to teach the biopsychiatric model of addiction to audiences in the Caribbean, Europe and Mideast. Art slides were tangentially linked to slides of pharmacological data. Stylistically dense art was processed by the intuitive right brain while spare notational pharmacological data was processed by the intellectual (rationalistic) left brain. Simultaneous presentation of these data enhanced attention and retention. This teaching paradigm was based on the nonliterate methods developed by Medieval architects and refined by Italian Renaissance philosopher, Marsilio Ficino.

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