Cognitive and Neuropsychological Approaches to Mental Imagery

  • Michel Denis
  • Johannes Engelkamp
  • John T. E. Richardson

Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (ASID, volume 42)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVII
  2. Key Issues in Imagery Research

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Allan Paivio
      Pages 3-16
  3. Imaginal Coding and the Processing of Verbal Information

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. Imagery and the Representation of Visual Information

      1. Jon Michael Slack
        Pages 37-46
      2. Ornella Andreani
        Pages 57-65
    3. The Processing of Lexical Information

      1. Juan Mayor, Javier Sainz, Javier Gonzalez-Marques
        Pages 69-78
      2. F. Alfonso Medina
        Pages 79-87
      3. Gregory V. Jones
        Pages 89-98
      4. Anita Van Loon-Vervoorn, Miep Ham-Van Van Der Koppen
        Pages 99-107
      5. Herminia Peraita, Pilar Ferrandiz
        Pages 109-118
    4. Sentence and Text Processing

    5. Discussion of Part 2

      1. Alain Desrochers
        Pages 155-164
  4. Imagery Processes in Adaptive Behavior

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 165-165
    2. Imagery Processes and Working Memory

      1. Alan D. Baddeley
        Pages 169-180
      2. Robert H. Logie, Alan D. Badelley, Amir Mane, Emanuel Donchin, Russel Sheptak
        Pages 191-201
      3. Alain Lieury
        Pages 223-227
    3. Imagery Processes in Problem Solving and in the Acquisition of Motor Skills

      1. Geir Kaufmann
        Pages 231-240
      2. Tore Helstrup
        Pages 241-250
      3. John Annett
        Pages 259-268
      4. Harold T. A. Whiting
        Pages 269-277
    4. Discussion of Part 3

  5. Imagery, Action, and Emotion Imagery and the Brain

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 293-293
    2. Imagery, Action, and Emotion

    3. Imagery and the Brain

      1. Franck Peronnet, Martha J. Farah, Marie-Anne Gonon
        Pages 357-362
      2. Georg Goldenberg, Ivo Podreka, Margarete Steiner, Erhard Suess, Lüder Deecke, Klaus Willmes
        Pages 363-373
      3. John T. E. Richardson
        Pages 375-380
      4. Edoardo Bisiach, Anna Berti
        Pages 387-391
    4. Discussion of Part 4

      1. Marc Marschark
        Pages 405-417
  6. Concluding Remarks

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 419-419
    2. John T. E. Richardson, Michel Denis, Johannes Engelkamp
      Pages 421-426

About this book


The locus of concreteness effects in memory for verbal materials has been described here in terms of the processing of shared and distinctive information. This theoretical view is consistent with a variety of findings previously taken as support for dual coding, insofar as both verbal and perceptual information may be involved in comprehending high-imagery sentences and in learning lists of concrete words. But going beyond previous accounts of imagery, this view also can provide explanations for several findings that appear contradictory to the thesis that concrete and abstract materials differ in the form of their storage in long-term memory. Although this does not rule out a role for imagery in list learning or text comprehension, it is clear that the complex processes involved in comprehension and memory for language go beyond mechanisms supplied by a theory based on the availability of modality-specific mental representations. The task now is to determine the viability of the theory in other domains. Several domains of imagery research presented at EWIC provided fertile ground for evaluating my theoretical viewpoint. Although not all provide a basis for distinguishing representational theories of imagery from the imagery as process view, there are data in several areas that are more consistent with the latter than the former. In other cases, there are at least potential sources of evidence that would allow such a distinction.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Michel Denis
    • 1
  • Johannes Engelkamp
    • 2
  • John T. E. Richardson
    • 3
  1. 1.Centre d’Etudes de Psychologie CognitiveUniversité de Paris-SudOrsayFrance
  2. 2.Fachrichtung PsychologieUniversität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany
  3. 3.Department of Human SciencesBrunel UniversityUxbridgeUK

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-247-3659-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1391-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0258-123X
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