Neural foundations of imagery

@article{Kosslyn2001NeuralFO,
  title={Neural foundations of imagery},
  author={Stephen M. Kosslyn and Giorgio Ganis and William L. Thompson},
  journal={Nature Reviews Neuroscience},
  year={2001},
  volume={2},
  pages={635-642}
}
Mental imagery has, until recently, fallen within the purview of philosophy and cognitive psychology. Both enterprises have raised important questions about imagery, but have not made substantial progress in answering them. With the advent of cognitive neuroscience, these questions have become empirically tractable. Neuroimaging studies, combined with other methods (such as studies of brain-damaged patients and of the effects of transcranial magnetic stimulation), are revealing the ways in… 
Visual imagery in cerebral visual dysfunction.
An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery
TLDR
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 Mental Imagery
TLDR
This chapter illustrates how the conceptual and methodological frameworks introduced by cognitive neuroscience in the last three decades have enabled researchers to address empirical questions about which representations are shared by visual perception and imagery by leveraging knowledge about the neuroscience of the primate visual system.
2.08 – Mental Imagery
The human imagination: the cognitive neuroscience of visual mental imagery
  • J. Pearson
  • Psychology, Biology
    Nature Reviews Neuroscience
  • 2019
TLDR
Recent insights into the neural mechanisms that underlie visual imagery are discussed, how imagery can be objectively and reliably measured, and how it affects general cognition are discussed.
Spatial Processing during Mental Imagery: A Neurofunctional Theory
TLDR
A model that consists of seven coarsely defined processing subsystems that are used to generate visual mental images on the basis of stored information and to interpret patterns in images is outlined.
Re-imagining motor imagery: building bridges between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology.
TLDR
Current research on motor imagery is hampered by a variety of semantic, conceptual, and methodological issues that prevent cross-fertilization of ideas between cognitive neuroscience and sport psychology, and some potentially fruitful new directions are sketched.
...
1
2
3
4
5
...

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 65 REFERENCES
The Mind's Eye Mapped Onto the Brain's Matter
TLDR
The extent to which visual mental imagery and visual perception share common psychological and neural mechanisms is questioned; although the research findings largely support convergence between these two processes, there are data that qualify the degree of overlap between them.
Mental motor imagery: a window into the representational stages of action
Imagining rotation by endogenous versus exogenous forces: Distinct neural mechanisms
TLDR
There are at least two, qualitatively distinct, ways to imagine objects rotating in images, and these different strategies can be adopted voluntarily.
Imagery neurons in the human brain
TLDR
This study reveals single neuron correlates of volitional visual imagery in humans and suggests a common substrate for the processing of incoming visual information and visual recall.
Transient Activity in the Human Calcarine Cortex During Visual-Mental Imagery: An Event-Related fMRI Study
TLDR
This work used event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging to detect and characterize the activity in the calcarine sulcus during single instances of mental imagery and revealed reproducible transient activity in this area whenever participants generated or evaluated a mental image.
The role of area 17 in visual imagery: convergent evidence from PET and rTMS.
TLDR
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.
Hearing in the Mind's Ear: A PET Investigation of Musical Imagery and Perception
TLDR
Both perceiving and imagining songs are associated with bilateral neuronal activity in the secondary auditory cortices, suggesting that processes within these regions underlie the phenomenological impression of imagined sounds.
Topographical representations of mental images in primary visual cortex
TLDR
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.
...
1
2
3
4
5
...