Index Tags: Multi-Sensory Imagery

The perceptual and phenomenal capacity of mental imagery

Mental imagery is a fundamental part of human cognition that bridges cognition with sensory representations. This paper introduces a novel technique to measure the sensory capacity of mental imagery using binocular-rivalry (BR)- removing the need for memory or subjective reports.

Mental imagery and visual working memory

Performance in visual working memory can be predicted by the strength of mental imagery as assessed with binocular rivalry. Findings could help reconcile current controversy regarding the mechanism and location of visual mnemonic storage.

Conflicting intuitions may be based on differing abilities

From early imagery interviews of Francis Galton through many modern surveys, a consistent diversity of self-reports on one’s own mental imagery abilities suggests that some 2-5% of people are very poor- or non-visual- imagers. Comparable estimates have been made in auditory and other imagery modalities.

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