Visual Imagery and Consciousness
Document Type:Book Chapter
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
Date of Issue:2009
Editors:Banks, William P.
Title of Book:Encyclopedia of Consciousness
Number of Pages:19
Place of Publication:Oxford
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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