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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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Depictive Representations in the Brain

Depictive Representations in the Brain

(p.100) 4 Depictive Representations in the Brain
The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn

William L. Thompson

Giorgio Ganis

Oxford University Press

This chapter begins by summarizing the arguments against the idea that topographically organized areas are used in visual mental imagery and the arguments that even if they are used, they play no essential role. It then addresses each argument in turn, considering counterarguments and evidence to the contrary. It discusses a meta-analysis of studies of visual mental imagery. This meta-analysis untangles what might at first appear to be inconsistencies in the literature, and provides strong support for the claim that topographically organized areas support depictive representations during visual mental imagery.

Keywords:   visual mental imagery, neuroimaging, brain, topographically organized areas

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