Institute of Learning Styles Research

Overview of the Seven Perceptual Styles

print aural visual haptic interactive kinesthetic olfactory

Interactive Modality - The Interactive Learner

  • Learns best through verbalization
  • Often hums or talks to self or others
  • Usually is not quiet for great lengths of time
  • Often talks at length…just to hear him/herself talk!
  • Likes to use other people as a sounding board
  • Enjoys question/answer sessions
  • Finds small group discussions stimulating and informative
  • Prefers to discuss things with others

Click on each modality to find out more characteristics

Print - refers to seeing printed or written words.
Aural - refers to listening.
- refers to the sense of touch or grasp.
Interactive - refers to verbalization.
Kinesthetic - refers to whole body movement.
Olfactory - refers to sense of smell and taste.
Visual - refers to seeing visual depictions such as pictures and graphs.