Dissociation between mental imagery and object recognition in a brain-damaged patient

  title={Dissociation between mental imagery and object recognition in a brain-damaged patient},
  author={Marlene Behrmann and Gordon Winocur and Morris Moscovitch},
VISUAL imagery is the creation of mental representations that share many features with veridical visual percepts. Studies of normal and brain-damaged people reinforce the view that visual imagery and visual perception are mediated by a common neural substrate and activate the same representations1–4. Thus, brain-damaged patients with intact vision who have an impairment in perception should have impaired visual imagery. Here we present evidence to the contrary from a patient with severely… 
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