Imagining predictions: mental imagery as mental emulation.

@article{Moulton2009ImaginingPM,
  title={Imagining predictions: mental imagery as mental emulation.},
  author={Samuel T. Moulton and Stephen M. Kosslyn},
  journal={Philosophical transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series B, Biological sciences},
  year={2009},
  volume={364 1521},
  pages={1273-80}
}
We argue that the primary function of mental imagery is to allow us to generate specific predictions based upon past experience. All imagery allows us to answer 'what if' questions by making explicit and accessible the likely consequences of being in a specific situation or performing a specific action. Imagery is also characterized by its reliance on perceptual representations and activation of perceptual brain systems. We use this conception of imagery to argue that all imagery is simulation… CONTINUE READING
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