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Mental Imagery and Creative Thought

DAVID G. PEARSON

in Imaginative Minds

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780197264195
eISBN:
9780191734540
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:
10.5871/bacad/9780197264195.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

Mental imagery is the quasi-perceptual state of consciousness in which the mind appears to be able to create sensory-like experience. It is often cited as having a crucial role in creative thought; ... More


Imagined actions as a prototypical form of action representation

Marc Jeannerod

in Motor Cognition: What actions tell the self

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
January 2008
ISBN:
9780198569657
eISBN:
9780191720994
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198569657.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter sets the behavioral and neural background of action representations by using the paradigm of mental imagery, which has revealed a fruitful approach of a prototypical class of action ... More


Imagining Predictions: Mental Imagery as Mental Emulation

Samuel T. Moulton and Stephen M. Kosslyn

in Predictions in the Brain: Using Our Past to Generate a Future

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195395518
eISBN:
9780199897230
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395518.003.0040
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

For cognitive scientists, the term mental imagery typically first brings to mind either the protracted debate over the nature of the representations used in imagery or the role of imagery as a ... More


Visual Mental Images in the Brain: Overview of a Theory

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter outlines a neurologically plausible theory of visual mental imagery that posits depictive representations. The goal is not to review the theory in detail, but rather to provide enough ... More


Evaluating Propositional Accounts

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0002
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter examines the nature of propositional alternatives to depictive theories of imagery. It argues that depictive representation in imagery is not an inherently flawed concept; there are no ... More


Mental Images and Mental Representations

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This book explores the utility of computational ideas for understanding what the brain does. This chapter considers the issues and positions in the imagery debate and puts them in context. An ... More


Evaluating Experimental Artifact Accounts

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter turns to an entirely different class of criticisms of the claim that visual mental images depict information. These broadsides against depictive theories hinge on attempts to explain ... More


Depictive Representations in the Brain

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0004
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This chapter begins by summarizing the arguments against the idea that topographically organized areas are used in visual mental imagery and the arguments that even if they are used, they play no ... More


The Case for Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

When we try to remember whether we left a window open or closed, do we actually see the window in our mind? If we do, does this mental image play a role in how we think? For almost a century, ... More


Science and Mental Imagery

Stephen M. Kosslyn, William L. Thompson, and Giorgio Ganis

in The Case for Mental Imagery

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
April 2010
ISBN:
9780195179088
eISBN:
9780199893829
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195179088.003.0006
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The previous chapters showed that the conceptual arguments against depictive representations are easily countered, and illustrated the rich harvest of empirical findings that supports the depictive ... More


Visual Reflections: A Perceptual Deficit and Its Implications

Michael McCloskey

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2009
ISBN:
9780195168693
eISBN:
9780199871513
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195168693.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Developmental Psychology

How much can we learn about normal visual perception and cognition from a malfunctioning visual system? Quite a lot, as this book makes abundantly clear. This book presents the author's work with AH, ... More


The mental gap

Richard Passingham

in What is special about the human brain?

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199230136
eISBN:
9780191696428
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199230136.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The innumerable physical attributes that are common to both monkeys and humans cannot be rejected. But no matter how alike monkeys and humans may be a mental gap still exists between these two ... More


The Emergence of Dreaming in Children and Adolescents

G. William Domhoff

in The Emergence of Dreaming: Mind-Wandering, Embodied Simulation, and the Default Network

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190673420
eISBN:
9780190673444
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190673420.003.0005
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

The fourth chapter provides the most complete and detailed account of the development of dreaming between ages 4 and 18 that has ever been assembled. It also includes new findings with teenagers that ... More


Rethinking Thought: Inside the Minds of Creative Scientists and Artists

Laura Otis

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190213466
eISBN:
9780190271701
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213466.001.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

This book demonstrates how greatly the lived experience of thought varies from one person to another, especially with respect to visual mental images and verbal language. It examines differences in ... More


Scientific Theories and Fodorian Exceptionalism

Zenon W. Pylyshyn

in On Concepts, Modules, and Language: Cognitive Science at Its Core

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780190464783
eISBN:
9780190464806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190464783.003.0009
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience

The chapter sketches how Fodor and I, beginning from different perspectives, were led to make a sharp distinction between registering certain distal objects in visual perception and categorizing and ... More


Who’s the “You?”

Laura Otis

in Rethinking Thought: Inside the Minds of Creative Scientists and Artists

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780190213466
eISBN:
9780190271701
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190213466.003.0001
Subject:
Psychology, Cognitive Psychology

The introductory chapter draws on the author’s transition from neuroscientist to literary scholar to show how greatly individual ways of thinking vary. These stories indicate how crucial it is to ... More


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