Explaining mental imagery: now you see it, now you don't Reply to Kosslyn et al.

  title={Explaining mental imagery: now you see it, now you don't Reply to Kosslyn et al.
  author={Zenon W. Pylyshyn},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  • Z. Pylyshyn
  • Published 1 March 2003
  • Art
  • Trends in Cognitive Sciences

Imagery, scanpaths reenactments and their functionality. The testing of a hypothesis.

This paper cannot confirm nor refute the hypothesis put forward regarding scanpath reenactments, due to possible biased data; but on the basis of experimental evidence has to refute the hypothesized functional role in memory retrieval concerning long term memory.

An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery

The origin, nature, and implications of the strength-based approach to mental imagery are explained and some important theoretical advances yielded by recent research on mental practice, mental travel, and meta-imagery processes in expert athletes and dancers are highlighted.

Visual working memory performance in aphantasia

Eye Movements in the Processing of Visual Mental Imagery

Visual mental imagery is one kind of mental imagery.Whether mental imagery can be one special kind of mental representation and has its mental process or not is not only focal in imagery research but

Similarities and differences between imagery and perceptionin early and late visual cortex

This review investigates the extent to which visual imagery and perception are similar and decoding studies show instances where a classifier trained on perceptual data could classify imagery data, and the other way around, which indicates that representational patterns for imagery and Perception are highly alike in several visual areas.

Encoding modality and spatial memory retrieval

Imagining in the spatial design process

This thesis aims to expand our understanding of imagining in the spatial design disciplines of architecture and interior design. More than three decades after Lawson’s statement, the matter of



Mental imagery: In search of a theory

  • Z. Pylyshyn
  • Psychology, Philosophy
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 2002
It is claimed that when such questions as whether images are depictive or spatial are formulated more clearly, the evidence does not provide support for the picture-theory over a symbol-structure theory of mental imagery, and whether recent neuroscience evidence clarifies the debate over the nature of mental images is considered.

What the Mind’s Eye Tells the Mind’s Brain: A Critique of Mental Imagery

This paper presents a critique of contemporary research which uses the notion of a mental image as a theoretical construct to describe one form of memory representation. It is argued that an adequate

Seeing and Visualizing: It's Not What You Think

In Seeing and Visualizing, Zenon Pylyshyn argues that seeing is different from thinking and that to see is not, as it may seem intuitively, to create an inner replica of the world. Pylyshyn examines

Topographical representations of mental images in primary visual cortex

Findings resolve a debate in the literature about whether imagery activates early visual cortex and indicate that visual mental imagery involves 'depictive' representations, not solely language-like descriptions12–14.

Mental imagery doesn't work like that

This commentary focuses on four major points: (1) “Tacit knowledge” is not a complete explanation for imagery phenomena, if it is an explanation at all. (2) Similarities and dissimilarities between

Computation and cognition - toward a foundation for cognitive science

In Computation and Cognition, Pylyshyn argues that computation must not be viewed as just a convenient metaphor for mental activity, but as a literal empirical hypothesis, which must face a number of serious challenges.

The role of area 17 in visual imagery: convergent evidence from PET and rTMS.

PET results showed that when patterns of stripes are visualized, Area 17 is activated, and the rTMS results show that such activation underlies information processing.