Visual Mental Imagery and Visual Perception: Structural Equivalence Revealed by Scanning Processes
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CitationBorst, Gregoire, and Stephen M. Kosslyn. 2008. Visual mental imagery and visual perception: structural equivalence revealed by scanning processes. Memory & Cognition 36, no. 4: 849-862.
AbstractThe research reported in the present article investigates whether information is represented the same way in both visual mental imagery and the early phases of visual perception. In Experiment 1, the same participants scanned over patterns of dots in a mental image (with images based on a just-seen pattern), during perception, and in an iconic image. The time to scan increasing distances increased at comparable rates in the three tasks. However, in Experiment 2, when mental images were created from information stored in long-term memory, participants scanned more slowly in the mental image condition. Nevertheless, the rates of scanning in the perceptual tasks were highly correlated with the rates of scanning in the imagery tasks in both experiments. The results provide evidence that mental images and perceived stimuli are represented similarly and can be processed in the same way.
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