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The Case for Mental Imagery$
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Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195179088

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.001.0001

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Evaluating Experimental Artifact Accounts

Evaluating Experimental Artifact Accounts

(p.60) 3 Evaluating Experimental Artifact Accounts
The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn

William L. Thompson

Giorgio Ganis

Oxford University Press

This chapter turns to an entirely different class of criticisms of the claim that visual mental images depict information. These broadsides against depictive theories hinge on attempts to explain away the data. One set of critiques rests on the idea that participants in imagery experiments use “tacit knowledge” about perception when they are asked to visualize (such as the unconscious belief that it would take longer to scan greater distances over a surface when searching for an object); according to this argument, the participants use such knowledge to mimic the behavior they think they would exhibit in perception. The chapter analyzes such claims carefully and rebuts them.

Keywords:   mental images, mental imagery, depictive theory, tacit knowledge

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