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Paperback | $48.00 Short | £33.95 | ISBN: 9780262611244 | 526 pp. | 7.1 x 9.8 in | August 1996

Image And Brain

The Resolution of the Imagery Debate


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



"Image and Brain attempts what is rarely seen in cognitiveneuroscience: The Big Picture. To be sure, it is Kosslyn'sBig Picture, but that is probably the best there is."
Irving Biederman, William M. Keck Professor of CognitiveNeuroscience, University of Southern California.