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Mental images and the Brain.
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PMID:  21038254     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
One theory of visual mental imagery posits that early visual cortex is also used to support representations during imagery. This claim is important because it bears on the "imagery debate": Early visual cortex supports depictive representations during perception, not descriptive ones. Thus, if such cortex also plays a functional role in imagery, this is strong evidence that imagery does not rely exclusively on the same sorts of representations that underlie language. The present article first outlines the nature of a processing system in which such a dual use of early visual cortex (in perception and in imagery) makes sense. Following this, literature bearing on the claim that early visual cortex is used in visual mental imagery is reviewed, and key issues are discussed.
Stephen M Kosslyn
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cognitive neuropsychology     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0264-3294     ISO Abbreviation:  Cogn Neuropsychol     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-11-01     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8411889     Medline TA:  Cogn Neuropsychol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  333-47     Citation Subset:  -    
Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA.
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