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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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Visual Mental Images in the Brain

Visual Mental Images in the Brain

Overview of a Theory

(p.134) 5 Visual Mental Images in the Brain
The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn

William L. Thompson

Giorgio Ganis

Oxford University Press

This chapter outlines a neurologically plausible theory of visual mental imagery that posits depictive representations. The goal is not to review the theory in detail, but rather to provide enough information to show that depictive representations can in fact function effectively within a plausible information-processing system. It also demonstrates that neuroscientific data are in fact relevant to settling the question as to whether depictive representations are used in imagery.

Keywords:   visual mental imagery, depictive representations, information processing, neuroscientific data, visual processing

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