Explorations of creative visual synthesis in mental imagery

  title={Explorations of creative visual synthesis in mental imagery},
  author={Ronald A. Finke and Kendra Marie Slayton},
  journal={Memory \& Cognition},
The mental synthesis of visual patterns has been previously studied by instructing subjects to imagine assembling the component parts in specific ways. We report two experiments that show that subjects can often discover recognizable patterns in imagery when the component parts are randomly chosen and are provided without instructions for how they might be assembled. On each trial, the subjects were given a set of three parts, consisting of geometric forms, lines, or alphanumeric characters… Expand
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