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Imagery and imagination in psychological science

Tomaso Vecchi, University of Pavia, IRCCS Mondino Foundation

Keywords: imagery, psychology, cognitive processes, perception.


TImagery and imagination are different mental abilities but the boundaries between them are not always clear. From a psychological perspective, imagery and imagination partially share the same underlying neural structures although referring to different mental processes. In both cases, the underlying ability is to create a internal representation, like a picture or a film that is “projected” in our mind. Seeing with the mind’s eye, as it has been defined. However, while imagination preferentially refers to dream-like processes, imagery have stronger cognitive grounds and may be defined as the ability to generate, transform and manipulate mental representations involving visual and/or spatial characteristics.

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Vecchi, T. (2019). Imagery and imagination in psychological science. img journal, 1(1), 312-317.

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Vecchi, T. (2019). Imagery and imagination in psychological science. In A. Luigini, C. Panciroli (Eds.) img journal 01/2019 Manifesto, 312-317. ISBN 9788899586096

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Issue 01

Oct 2019


Edited by:
Alessandro Luigini
Chiara Panciroli

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Pages: 345
ISBN: 9788899586096

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