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Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate

Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate Book Reviews Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate Stephen M. Kosslyn Cambridge, MA: The MlT Press, 1994 Hardbound, 516 pages, $45.00. ISBN 0-262-11184-5 R e v i e w e d by M e l v y n A. Goodale This is a book about mental images and how they are generated by the brain. It is a book that 20 years ago could not have been written-not simply because we did not have the technology to carry out many of the experiments that are described in the book, but also because most cognitive scientists studying imagery were simply not interested in the brain. They were content to study the processes that are important for the formation of mental images without worrying much about how such processes might be instantiated in neural circuitry. At the same time most neuroscientists, with exception of a few pioneering neuropsychologists and neurologists, were not interested in imagery! They were more interested in the neural substrates of “real”images (i.e., vision); for most neuroscientists, the world of mental imager!. seemed far too ephemeral to warrant serious investigation. In fact, given what was then known about the organization of the visual system http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience MIT Press

Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate

Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience , Volume 7 (3) – Jul 1, 1995

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Publisher
MIT Press
Copyright
© 1995 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Subject
Book Reveiws
ISSN
0898-929X
eISSN
1530-8898
DOI
10.1162/jocn.1995.7.3.415
pmid
23961870
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Book Reviews Image and Brain: The Resolution of the Imagery Debate Stephen M. Kosslyn Cambridge, MA: The MlT Press, 1994 Hardbound, 516 pages, $45.00. ISBN 0-262-11184-5 R e v i e w e d by M e l v y n A. Goodale This is a book about mental images and how they are generated by the brain. It is a book that 20 years ago could not have been written-not simply because we did not have the technology to carry out many of the experiments that are described in the book, but also because most cognitive scientists studying imagery were simply not interested in the brain. They were content to study the processes that are important for the formation of mental images without worrying much about how such processes might be instantiated in neural circuitry. At the same time most neuroscientists, with exception of a few pioneering neuropsychologists and neurologists, were not interested in imagery! They were more interested in the neural substrates of “real”images (i.e., vision); for most neuroscientists, the world of mental imager!. seemed far too ephemeral to warrant serious investigation. In fact, given what was then known about the organization of the visual system

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Journal of Cognitive NeuroscienceMIT Press

Published: Jul 1, 1995

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