Stretching the Imagination: Representation and Transformation in Mental Imagery

Stretching the Imagination: Representation and Transformation in Mental Imagery

Stretching the Imagination: Representation and Transformation in Mental Imagery

Stretching the Imagination: Representation and Transformation in Mental Imagery

Synopsis

This is the first volume in the Counterpoints Series, which explores the issues being debated in psychology, child development, linguistics, and neuroscience. Each volume consists of the presentation of three or four extensive chapters by researchers representing key points of view on the issue. This text examines one of the liveliest areas of debate in psychology today, the relationship between perception and mental imagery. A variety of recent studies have pointed to the existence of a strong relationship between memory and mental representation, while others have shown that images are open to reinterpretation and manipulation, and are therefore not merely static impressions or mental representations of memories. Three core chapters by researchers in the midst of this debate--Maria Brandimonte, Geir Kaufmann, and Dan Reisberg--make up the central portion of this text. The first chapter is a historical overview of the problem as well as a review of the research in psychology and the argument as it has developed in related fields, such as philosophy and artificial intelligence. The last chapter pulls together all of the positions and points to new areas of research which may help uncover an explanation for the apparent contradictions in the research. Students and researchers in psychology and cognitive psychology will benefit from this comprehensive look at this heated debate.

Excerpt

You have before you the inaugural book in Counterpoints:
Cognition, Memory, and Language
. With its publication, the academic community has gained a new forum--and a new kind of forum--for scholarly debate. The Counterpoints series was conceived as an opportunity for in-depth, international dialogue on topics of current concern to researchers in psychology, education, child development, linguistics, and neuroscience. Each volume consists of a seminar-like presentation of three to four major chapters that take a position on a major topic under discussion. The core chapters are preceded by a historical overview and are followed by a summary and discussion that is a collaboration of the contributors. In this way, alternative perspectives can be weighed and differences can be resolved . . . or agreed upon. We hope that as a timely and widely read forum, Counterpoints can serve as a catalyst for discussion and integration across diverse areas of research and theory. With both hardback and paperback editions and with multiple volumes published each year, Counterpoints will serve as an important research and didactic tool for students, faculty, and practitioners. We look forward to our future collaborations.

Marc Marschark, Series Editor

Rochester Institute of Technology

National Technical Institute for the Deaf

ADVISORY BOARD

Martin Conway, Bristol University

Giovanni Flores d'Arcais, Max-Planck Institute and Padova University

Margaret Jean Intons-Peterson, Indiana University

Douglas L. Nelson, University of Sourth Florida

Robert S. Siegler, Carnegie-Mellon University . . .

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