The Role of Mental Events in Behavior Therapy

  • Alvin Enis House
  • Martha B. Campbell


The human ability “to see in the mind’s eye” has been of interest to those who ponder human behavior throughout recorded history. Systematic philosophical speculation within western civilization regarding mental imagery is often traced to Hume’s distinctions in the 18th century between the impressions arising from externally produced sensations and the faint images of these experiences that formed thought (Hume, 1912). Hume saw the primary distinction between these two types of mental experiences to be the greater force and vividness of the sensations. The question of how mental images are distinct from percepts has remained a key issue in philosophical inquiries on the topic.


Behavior Therapy Mental Event Mental Image Mental Imagery Visual Imagery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Alvin Enis House
    • 1
  • Martha B. Campbell
    • 1
  1. 1.Illinois State UniversityMackinowUSA

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