The Case for Mental Imagery

The Case for Mental Imagery

by Stephen Kosslyn, William Thompson, Giorgio Ganis
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0195398971

ISBN-13: 9780195398977

Pub. Date: 10/30/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

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. In The Case for Mental Imagery, Stephen Kosslyn, William Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis present

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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. In The Case for Mental Imagery, Stephen Kosslyn, William Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis present a complete and unified argument that mental images do depict information, and that these depictions do play a functional role in human cognition. They outline a specific theory of how depictive representations are used in information processing, and show how these representations arise from neural processes. To support this theory, they seamlessly weave together conceptual analyses and the many varied empirical findings from cognitive psychology and neuroscience. In doing so, they present the conceptual grounds for positing this type of internal representation and summarize and refute arguments to the contrary. Their argument also serves as a historical review of the imagery debate from its earliest inception to its most recent phases, and provides ample evidence that significant progress has been made in our understanding of mental imagery. In illustrating how scientists think about one of the most difficult problems in psychology and neuroscience, this book goes beyond the debate to explore the nature of cognition and to draw out implications for the study of consciousness. Student and professional researchers in vision science, cognitive psychology, philosophy, and neuroscience will find The Case for Mental Imagery to be an invaluable resource for understanding not only the imagery debate, but also and more broadly, the nature of thought, and how theory and research shape the evolution of scientific debates.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195398977
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
10/30/2009
Series:
OX PSYCH Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,272,387
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.70(d)

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Table of Contents

Preface
Chapter 1. Mental imagery and mental representation
Chapter 2. Evaluating propositional accounts
Chapter 3. Evaluating experiment artifact accounts
Chapter 4. Depictive representations in the brain
Chapter 5. Visual mental images in the brain: Overview of a theory
Chapter 6. Science and mental imager
Appendix: Review of neuroimaging studies of visual mental imagery
References

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