Visual Imagery and Consciousness

Document Type: 
Book Chapter
Article Type: 
Review
Disciplines: 
Philosophy
Topics: 
Cognition
Keywords: 
image, visualization, consciousness, mental imagery, imagination, mind's eye, perception, intentionality, imageless thought, quasi-pictorial, propositional, enactive, sensorimotor, mental representation, Behaviorism
Deposited by: 
Nigel J.T. Thomas
Contact email: 
nigel@imagery-imagination.com
Date of Issue: 
2009
Authors: 
Nigel J.T. Thomas
Editors: 
Banks, William P.
Title of Book: 
Encyclopedia of Consciousness
Volume: 
2
Page Range: 
445-457
Number of Pages: 
19
Publisher: 
Academic Press
Place of Publication: 
Oxford
ISBN: 
978-0123738646
Official URL: 
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B9B1X-4VT7MC6-2G&_user=10&_coverDate=03%2F17%2F2009&_rdoc=1&_fmt=full&_orig=browse&_cdi=60566&_sort=d&_docanchor=&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=1ac688e2fa7c7feb0d4ccf9a14de226d
Alternative URL: 
http://www.imagery-imagination.com/viac.htm
Publish status: 
Published
Abstract: 
Considers whether imagery should be understood as a form of conscious experience that can function as mental representation, or as a form of mental representation that can sometimes be consciously experienced. Outlines the history of ideas about the cognitive importance of conscious imagery, and of attempts to study individual differences in the subjective imagery experience. Describes the three basic types of imagery theory (picture theory, description theory, and enactive/perceptual activity theory) and considers their implications for our understanding of conscious experience. It is argued that picture and description theories are directly challenged by the "hard problem" of consciousness, but that enactive theory may be able to circumvent it.
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