Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate

Paperback | August 26, 1996

byStephen M. Kosslyn

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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.

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This book marshals insights and empirical results from computer vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, it relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain.

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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...

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This book marshals insights and empirical results from computer vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, it relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain.

Format:PaperbackDimensions:526 pages, 9.8 × 7.1 × 1.2 inPublished:August 26, 1996Publisher:The MIT Press

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ISBN - 10:0262611244

ISBN - 13:9780262611244

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This book marshals insights and empirical results from computer vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, it relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain.

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Image and Brain attempts what is rarely seen in cognitive neuroscience: The Big Picture. To be sure, it is Kosslyn's Big Picture, but that is probably the best there is.