@The Pentacle Queen,
Both ~ words and images/pictures. I've been thinking about writing a similiar thread about this myself.
At work, when I'm verifying the numbers on a clients legal folder to that on the printed manifest(to check for typos) .
A little context:
At this stage of work, I am taking a group of folders that have been scanned and will box them up to be sent to a storage facility in Brooklyn.
To do this, I have gotten in the habit of putting the folders in numerical order. They will not be consecutive because the scanners (the people responsible for scanning the legal documents) don't need to pull the folders in numerical order. But for the most part, even though there will sometimes be gaps between one folder's number and the next, the folders will be roughly in the same numerical range.
Say the 43000's (the recent batches we've been getting these past couple of months).
Say I have a box of 3 folders (the average amount of folders we can fit into a single banker box).
I have observed the following pattern.
When verifying the numbers, I mentally read out from the printed manifest
These numbers are clearly thought out in words. But I am not neglecting the 43 on the folders. I am looking at them but clearly not mentally converting them to words. I believe this part of the thought process is numbers as symbols/pictures. And yes, before you say, I'm being neglectful I have caught typos in this part of my verification process.
And of course, finding a typo, I will change the manifesto on the shared server.