The Case for Mental Imagery

Paperback | November 13, 2009

byStephen Kosslyn, William Thompson, Giorgio Ganis

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"This volume is the most important if not the final word on the great imagery debate. It examines issues critical to all cognition. For example, whether the brain is a general purpose computer and if the brain's structure imposes limits on what can be represented in our minds." --Michael I. Posner, Prof. Emeritus University of Oregon"The Case for Mental Imagery is destined to be a classic text in psychology. [the authors] present an in-depth, philosophically sophisticated, and empirically supported argument that clarifies and settles many of the most contentious issues in the longstanding, decades-long 'imagery debate'...Thisis an impressive achievement and an outstanding example of the way controversies can be addressed through a combination of sophisticated theoretical concepts paired with expertly conducted scientific research programs."--PsycCRITIQUES "This is an outstanding book that presents a roadmap of the psychological and neural mechanisms underlying mental imagery. The field of mental imagery has a long and somewhat dark history and the study of the critical cognitive ability has only been considered scientifically legitimate relativelyrecently. In this book, Kosslyn and colleagues not only summarize the wealth of their own recent scientific findings but elegantly place these findings and their theoretical perspective in the larger historical and contemporary context of studies on mental imagery. The book distills a rich,complicated domain into a series of accessible topics and will serve as an invaluable guide to those entering the field, a refresher for those with passing knowledge, and a major reference for the cognoscenti."--Marlene Behrmann, Professor of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University"For centuries, mental imagery has been recognized as one of the keys to understanding human intelligence, emotion, and creativity. Stephen Kosslyn developed the first comprehensive theory of this faculty of mind, and for three decades has explored it with theoretical depth, experimental ingenuity,and a relentless drive to get to the bottom of puzzles and controversies. Kosslyn has now given us a magisterial account of this crucial aspect of mental life. A seamless synthesis of mind and brain, The Case for Mental Imagery is a case of cognitive neuroscience at its finest."--Steven Pinker, Johnstone Family Professor of Psychology, Harvard University"The definitive treatment of mental imagery from a pictorialist point of view."--Ned Block, Silver Professor of Philosophy and Psychology, New York University

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"This volume is the most important if not the final word on the great imagery debate. It examines issues critical to all cognition. For example, whether the brain is a general purpose computer and if the brain's structure imposes limits on what can be represented in our minds." --Michael I. Posner, Prof. Emeritus University of Oregon"T...

Stephen M. Kosslyn is the Chair of the Department of Psychology, John Lindsley Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, and Associate Psychologist in the Department of Neurology at the Massachusetts General Hospital.William L. Thompson received his BA in psychology from McGill University in 1990 and since then has worked in Step...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 6.1 × 9.21 × 0.71 inPublished:November 13, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195398971

ISBN - 13:9780195398977

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Mental imagery and mental representation2. Evaluating propositional accounts3. Evaluating experiment artifact accounts4. Depictive representations in the brain5. Visual mental images in the brain: Overview of a theory6. Science and mental imagerAppendix: Review of neuroimaging studies of visual mental imageryReferences