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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


The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery

Aymeric Guillot and Christian Collet (eds)

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199546251
eISBN:
9780191701412
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546251.001.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

Mental imagery is the ability to form perceptual-like representations of objects or events on the basis of information stored in memory. Motor imagery is often used ... More


Multimodal images in the brain

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

in The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199546251
eISBN:
9780191701412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546251.003.0001
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

This chapter provides a review of the main results of neuroimaging experiments that have examined the neural underpinning of mental imagery and ... 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


Pragmatic Mental Imagery

Bence Nanay

in Between Perception and Action

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199695379
eISBN:
9780191760747
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199695379.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

Pragmatic representations are perceptual states that attribute action-properties. Pragmatic mental imagery is mental imagery that attributes action-properties. Pragmatic mental imagery can serve as ... 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 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


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


Cultural Exclusion and the Definition of Art

Paul Crowther

in Defining Art, Creating the Canon: Artistic Value in an Era of Doubt

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2007
ISBN:
9780199210688
eISBN:
9780191705762
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199210688.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

This chapter proposes that formalist and Institutional approaches to the definition of art are both conceptually flawed and involve cultural exclusion in an unacceptable way. A sustained critical ... More


Imagery: Capacities and Mechanisms

Gregory Currie

in Recreative Minds

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238089
eISBN:
9780191679568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238089.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics

This chapter focuses on mental imagery. It discusses the ways that imagery in various modes — particularly visual and motor imagery — are systematically related to their perceptual counterparts. It ... More


The Relationship between Visual Perception, Imagery, and Cognitive Functions

Cattaneo Zaira and Vecchi Tomaso

in Blind Vision: The Neuroscience of Visual Impairment

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262015035
eISBN:
9780262295819
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.003.0003
Subject:
Psychology, Vision

This chapter presents imagery’s basic characteristics and its relationship to visual perception and cognitive functions, and discusses the pictorial and propositional theories of imagery. The ... More


The use of motor imagery in teaching surgical skills lessons from sports training

Robert E. Sapien and Rebecca G. Rogers

in The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199546251
eISBN:
9780191701412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546251.003.0017
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

This chapter explores the potential role of mental and/or motor imagery during the acquisition of surgical skills, for example, the training and ... More


Blindness and motor imagery

Luís Aureliano Imbiriba, Sylvia B. Joffily, Erika Carvalho Rodrigues, and Claudia D. Vargas

in The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
March 2012
ISBN:
9780199546251
eISBN:
9780191701412
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199546251.003.0013
Subject:
Neuroscience, Sensory and Motor Systems

This chapter focuses on the use of mental and/or motor imagery in patients with early and late onset blindness. A review of literature ... More


Family and Friends

Gregory Currie

in Recreative Minds

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198238089
eISBN:
9780191679568
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198238089.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics

This chapter discusses the various phenomena that might, or might not, be kinds of recreative imaginings. Imagery, in its various forms, is, and so far are fantasy and supposition. Supposition is an ... 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


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