Imagery and Verbal Processes

Imagery and Verbal Processes

Imagery and Verbal Processes

Imagery and Verbal Processes

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In this book I have attempted to present a systematic theoretical and factual account of the role of higher mental processes in human learning and memory, and certain aspects of the psychology of perception and language. The major orienting theme of the book is its dual emphasis on nonverbal imagery and verbal processes (inner speech) as memory codes and mediators of behavior. Based on recent experimental evidence, the conceptual approach in a sense represents an integration of prebehavioristic and behavioristic views concerning the nature of thought.

The book is intended both as a textbook and as a theoretical monograph. Beginning with a theoretical orientation, I soon became convinced that I could not adequately convey the scope of the approach without an extensive review of the research literature in the various areas it encompasses. Moreover, the skepticism which behaviorism justifiably fostered in regard to the mentalistic concept of imagery still persists to some extent among experimental psychologists, and it is unlikely to be completely dispelled without overwhelming empirical evidence demonstrating that the construct can have real scientific value. I have done my best to present such evidence, with the result that the book is somewhat longer than I had originally intended, but at the same time perhaps more useful than it might otherwise have been as a textbook and reference book for psychology students. It is most relevant as a textbook for graduate and upper-division undergraduate courses in human learning, memory, psycholinguistics, and cognitive processes. It could also serve as supplementary reading in courses on perception. I have assumed throughout that the reader has some familiarity with the basic facts in the various areas -- of the level provided, for example, by introductory courses in learning and perception, or a course in general experimental psychology.

ALLAN PAIVIO

London, Ontario July 1971 . . .

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