Image And Brain

Image And Brain

The Resolution of the Imagery Debate

By Stephen M. Kosslyn

A Bradford Book





This long-awaited work by prominent Harvard psychologist Stephen Kosslyn integrates a twenty-year research program on the nature of high-level vision and mental imagery. Image and Brain marshals insights and empirical results from computer vision, neuroscience, and cognitive science to develop a general theory of visual mental imagery, its relation to visual perception, and its implementation in the human brain. It offers a definitive resolution to the long-standing debate about the nature of the internal representation of visual mental imagery.

Kosslyn reviews evidence that perception and representation are inextricably linked, and goes on to show how "quasi-pictorial" events in the brain are generated, interpreted, and used in cognition. The theory is tested with brain-scanning techniques that provide stronger evidence than has been possible in the past.

Known for his work in high-level vision, one of the most empirically successful areas of experimental psychology, Kosslyn uses a highly interdisciplinary approach. He reviews and integrates an extensive amount of literature in a coherent presentation, and reports a wide range of new findings using a host of techniques.

A Bradford Book


Out of Print ISBN: 9780262111843 526 pp. | 7 in x 10 in


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  • This is a splendid book, grand in its scope and subtle in its execution. The account Kosslyn provides of the cognitive architecture of imagery and vision and its neurophysiological basis, is unparalleled in its explanatory power. Image and Brain is surely destined to become a landmark in the development of cognitive psychology.

    Michael Tye

    Temple University/Kings College

  • Image And Brain is a rarity in the brainand cognitive sciences—a 20-year research project on a single topic, combining hundreds of imaginative experiments, a thorough literature review, and a synthesis of computational, experimental, neurobiological, clinical, and individual-differences research into a substantive theory. Image and Brain is a brilliant and original contribution to the study of mind, and a conclusive demonstration of the promise of a new field, congnitive neuroscience.

    Steven Pinker

    Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

  • Image and Brain attempts what is rarely seen in cognitive neuroscience: The Big Picture. To be sure, it is Kosslyn's Big Picture, but that is probably the best there is.

    Irving Biederman

    William M. Keck Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Southern California