Imagery, Language and Visuo-Spatial Thinking

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Imagery, Language and Visuo-Spatial Thinking discusses the remarkable human ability to use mental imagery in everyday life: from helping plan actions and routes to aiding creative thinking; from making sense of and remembering our immediate environment to generating pictures in our minds from verbal descriptions of scenes or people. The book also considers the important theme of how individuals differ in their ability to use imagery. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, this book will be of ...

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Imagery, Language and Visuo-Spatial Thinking discusses the remarkable human ability to use mental imagery in everyday life: from helping plan actions and routes to aiding creative thinking; from making sense of and remembering our immediate environment to generating pictures in our minds from verbal descriptions of scenes or people. The book also considers the important theme of how individuals differ in their ability to use imagery. With contributions from leading researchers in the field, this book will be of interest to advanced undergraduates, postgraduates and researchers in cognitive psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuropsychology.

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Table of Contents

List of contributors ix
Preface. Imagery, language, and visuo-spatial thinking: E pluribus unum xi
1 The generation, maintenance, and transformation of visuo-spatial mental images 1
Introduction 1
Image generation and the format of long-term memory information 2
The image medium: Visuo-spatial working memory or a visual buffer? 3
Image generation 7
Types of mental images 8
Properties of the mental image 9
Image maintenance 10
Mental rotation and mental scanning 13
Size and colour transformations 16
Mental synthesis 17
Conclusions 22
References 23
2 Individual differences in visuo-spatial working memory 29
The notion of VSWM 29
The study of individual differences in VSWM 38
Conclusions 50
References 51
3 Pictures in memory: The role of visual-imaginal information 59
Introduction 59
A brief review of developments until 1990 60
Neglected findings supporting the sensory--conceptual distinction 62
Theoretical integration: The case for a multi-system multi-process approach 71
Conclusion 76
Acknowledgements 77
References 77
4 The processing of visuo-spatial information: Neuropsychological and neuroimaging investigations 81
Two cortical visual systems 83
Object recognition 87
Visuo-spatial imagery 93
Conclusions 102
References 102
5 The interface between language and visuo-spatial representations 109
Introduction 109
Framework studies 114
Visuo-spatial images constructed from verbal descriptions 123
Concluding remarks 132
References 133
6 Language, spatial cognition, and navigation 137
Introduction 137
Language, wayfinding, and navigational aids 139
Characteristics of spatial language in describing routes 141
The content and structure of route directions 149
Testing efficacy of directions by measures of navigational performance 153
Conclusion 157
References 157
7 Actions, mental actions, and working memory 161
The visual cache and inner scribe of working memory 162
Mental paths and physical actions 163
Visuo-spatial representation, imagery, and mental actions 166
Memory, actions, and action descriptions 169
Actions and working memory: The inner scribe? 176
Conclusion 179
References 179
Author index 185
Subject index 193
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