Introduction to Cognitive Science

Mental Images

Last Update: 28 September 2011

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For instructions on how to access articles from certain journals (notably Psychological Bulletin and Psychological Review) from machines,
link to: "Classic (Online) Readings in Cognitive Science"

This is a listing of some of the important documents that are easily available on line. Other important ones are not. (Two names that you occasionally see cited, Brian Funt and James Pomerantz, both used to be at UB: Funt in computer science, Pomerantz in psychology.)

Many of Kosslyn's papers are available online from: "Kosslyn Articles & Book Chapters (in reverse chronological order)".

  1. Shepard, Roger N.; & Metzler, Jacqueline (1971), "Mental Rotation of Three-Dimensional Objects", Science 171(3972) (February 19): 701-703.

  2. Pylyshyn, Zenon W. (1973), "What the Mind's Eye Tells the Mind's Brain", Psychological Bulletin 80(1): 1-24.

  3. Figures from Kosslyn's work:

    1. From Kosslyn 1973a
    2. From Kosslyn 1973b
    3. Kosslyn's map

  4. Kosslyn, Stephen Michael (1975), "Information Representation in Visual Images", Cognitive Psychology 7: 341-370. Kosslyn, Stephen M., & Pomerantz, James R. (1977), "Imagery, Propositions, and the Form of Internal Representations", Cognitive Psychology 9: 52-76; reprinted in Ned Block (ed.) (1980), Readings in the Philosophy of Psychology, Vol. 2 (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press).

  5. Pylyshyn, Zenon (1981), "The Imagery Debate: Analogue Media versus Tacit Knowledge", Psychological Review 88(1): 16-45.

    • See Kosslyn 1981, below.

  6. Kosslyn, Stephen Michael (1981), "The Medium and the Message in Mental Imagery: A Theory", Psychological Review 88(1): 46-66.

    • See Pylyshyn 1981, above.

  7. Pylyshyn, Zenon W. (2002), "Mental Imagery: In Search of a Theory", Behavioral and Brain Sciences 25: 157-238.

  8. Pylyshyn, Zenon (2003), "Return of the Mental Image: Are There Really Pictures in the Brain?", Trends in Cognitive Sciences 7(3) (March): 113-118.

  9. Kosslyn, Stephen M. (2005), "Mental Images and the Brain", Cognitive Neuropsychology 22(3/4): 333-347.

  10. Pylyshyn, Zenon (2005), "Mental Imagery", in R.L. Gregory (ed.), The Oxford Companion to the Mind, Second Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press).

  11. Thomas, Nigel J.T. (2007), "Mental Imagery", in Edward N. Zalta (ed.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Fall 2007 Edition).

  12. NEW
    Nishimoto, Shinji; Vu, An T.; Naselaris, Thomas; Benjamini, Yuval; Yu, Bin; & Gallant, Jack L. (2011), "Reconstructing Visual Experiences from Brain Activity Evoked by Natural Movies", Current Biology, doi:10.1016/j.cub.2011.08.031.

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