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Overview

This long-awaited work by prominent Harvard psychologist Stephen Kosslyn integrates a twenty-year research program on the nature of high-level vision and mental imagery. Image and Brain marshals insights and empirical results from computer vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, its relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain. It offers a definitive resolution to the long-standing debate about the nature of the internal representation of visual mental imagery.

Kosslyn reviews evidence that perception and representation are inextricably linked, and goes on to show how "quasi-pictorial" events in the brain are generated, interpreted, and used in cognition. The theory is tested with brain-scanning techniques that provide stronger evidence than has been possible in the past.

Known for his work in high-level vision, one of the most empirically successful areas of experimental psychology, Kosslyn uses a highly interdisciplinary approach. He reviews and integrates an extensive amount of literature in a coherent presentation, and reports a wide range of new findings using a host of techniques.

A Bradford Book

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Kosslyn (psychology, Harvard U.) presents a 20-year research program on the nature of high-level vision and mental imagery--offering his research as a definitive resolution of the long-standing "imagery debate," which centers on the nature of the internal representation of visual mental imagery. He combines insights and empirical results from computer vision, neurobiology, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, its relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780262611244
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1996
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1 Resolving the Imagery Debates 1
2 Carving a System at Its Joints 25
3 High-level Vision 53
4 Identifying Objects in Different Locations 79
5 Identifying Objects When Different Portions Are Visible 105
6 Identifying Objects in Degraded Images 153
7 Identifying Contorted Objects 191
8 Identifying Objects: Normal and Damaged Brains 247
9 Generating and Maintaining Visual Images 285
10 Inspecting and Transforming Visual Images 327
11 Visual Mental Images in the Brain 379
Notes 409
References 429
Author Index 483
Subject Index 495
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