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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
|1||Resolving the Imagery Debates||1|
|2||Carving a System at Its Joints||25|
|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|