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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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Science and Mental Imagery

Science and Mental Imagery

(p.174) 6 Science and Mental Imagery
The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn

William L. Thompson

Giorgio Ganis

Oxford University Press

The previous chapters showed that the conceptual arguments against depictive representations are easily countered, and illustrated the rich harvest of empirical findings that supports the depictive view. It was also shown that no empirical findings pose a serious challenge to the claim that depictive representations are used in visual mental imagery. Moreover, it was shown that it is possible to formulate a neurologically plausible theory of imagery in which depictive representations play a central role. Given all of this, why has the imagery debate persisted for so long? This chapter presents three overarching reasons. First, the two sides hold fundamentally different views of what a theory of imagery (and cognition in general) should look like; second, they disagree fundamentally about the role of the brain in theorizing about mental events; and third, there are sociological and personal reasons for the differences in views.

Keywords:   imagery debate, mental imagery, depictive representation

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