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The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis


When we try to remember whether we left a window open or closed, do we actually see the window in our mind? If we do, does this mental image play a role in how we think? For almost a century, scientists have debated whether mental images play a functional role in cognition. The Case for Mental Imagery presents a complete and unified argument that mental images do depict information, and that these depictions do play a functional role in human cognition. It outlines a specific theory of how depictive representations are used in information processing, and shows how these representations arise f ... More

Keywords: mental imagery, human cognition, depictive representations, neural processes, information processing, cognitive psychology, neuroscience, internal representation, imagery debate, consciousness

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195179088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen M. Kosslyn, author
Harvard University

William L. Thompson, author
Psychology Department, Harvard University

Giorgio Ganis, author
Harvard Medical School