Specialized Ability Combinations – A closer look

There are 9 specialized abilities that the HAB assesses. Individually they do not necessarily have a strong influence like a Driving Ability would have. There are circumstances where they do have an important impact and in combination can create a driving ability.  Knowing this helps you to maximize their benefit and maybe even suggest a career that you might not of thought about.

The first group we’ll look at is the specialized abilities associated with learning. We call them learning channels and when understood can provide productive strategies for learning especially in a school environment.

Learning Channels

There are 5 learning channel abilities.

Design Memory – A high design memory result is the ability to remember 2-D representations such as; graphs, charts, maps, and pictures. To use design memory to help with learning you would look for ways to translate information into 2-D graphics. Diagrams even meaningful doodles can help with remembering important information. Mind mapping could be used to maximize design memory.

Tonal Memory – Remembering what you hear. This of course applies to music, but also to lectures, podcasts or books on tape. To maximize your high tonal memory look for ways to translate information into forms you can listen to.  Recording lectures and class notes then replaying them will help you remember information. There are many apps with recording functions. Also, studying with a friend can maximize hearing the information. Sing your notes!

Verbal Memory – Remembering what you read. An obvious learning channel, this is maximized by taking advantage of spending time reading your text books. Also, taking good notes and reading them.

Rhythm Memory – Remembering the beat or cadence. It is also associated with kinesthetic learning. Learning by doing. To maximize Rhythm Memory as a learning channel you want to use your body. When you can’t take a hands-on class then engaging with the class by taking notes can help. Other options, quiet tapping in class to stay focused, studying while walking, hanging a white board on the wall so that you have to stand to work. All will help engage this ability to your benefit.

Number Memory – In addition to simply remembering numbers, this ability is associated with rote memory.  Memorizing facts as well as figures. To maximize this ability for learning try translating information into lists or flash cards.


Music Ability

While each of the abilities in this group are musical by themselves, when combined they can create a Driving Ability for music. If they are all high a strong hobby will be satisfying, or they could be a career!

Tonal Memory – Referred to as the “true music ability”, this is the ability to remember and reproduce tones and tonal sequences. Used for playing an instrument and singing. When high this ability wants an outlet.

Rhythm Memory – The ability to remember the beat or the cadence of what you hear. Remember from learning channels the movement piece of this aptitude. Think of the drummer.

Pitch Discrimination – The ability to distinguish fine differences in pitch. This ability supports singing acapella and playing unpitched instruments like the violin or trumpet.

Language Learning

The ability to learn a foreign language.

Verbal Memory – In addition to remembering what you read, this is the ability to learn new words. It is associative memory which is remembering the relationship between unrelated items. For language learning this relates to seeing a word in a given language and being able to associate it with a word in another language. 

Tonal Memory – The ability to remember what you hear translates to speaking other languages and dialects.

Rhythm Memory – Remembering the beat translates to language learning in the form of hearing cadence.  This assists with accents.

Pitch Discrimination – Distinguishing between fine pitches also contributes to proper accents.

Maybe you have a favorite language and now translating is a potential career! 

Creative Artistic

These are three abilities that would contribute to and support being artistic.

Idea Productivity – Having a regular high rate of new ideas.

Design Memory – Ability to recall patterns and the overall layout of pictures and images.

Pitch Discrimination – Ability to discern fine differences across the senses.

The origin of the creativity of an artist may still be a bit of a mystery. These abilities could be an indication and worth exploring if they are high.

Visual Combination

This combination is an attention to detail and to overall layout. They work together to support creating presentations, designs, layouts and advertising roles. They can also support work in scientific, medical and engineering fields.

Design Memory – Ability to recall patterns and the overall layout of pictures and images.

Observation – Ability to notice and remember small visual details. Also, to make comparisons and notice small differences.

Maybe your results have revealed a potential career you hadn't thought of!