This is one of the questions we ask during the initial assessment of our students. The ability to conceptualize, or visualize, is a big determining factor in whether or not we can recall information.
Imagine being in a parking garage and dealing with the age old problem of forgetting where you parked. Our brains take in details that allow us to recall. Maybe you remember being near the elevator, that the columns were yellow and there was an entrance to Smith Street nearby. Those few details can be the difference between a quick trip to the mall, or a very frustrating Seinfeld episode.
Or maybe you have to do a book report and you read the book, cover to cover, but you don’t really see a picture in your mind when you read. How much harder would it be to report back what the book was about if you can’t imagine the story as its happening?