Static Versus Dynamic Imagery

  • Allan Paivio
  • James M. Clark


The distinction between static and dynamic imagery is familiar to us all at the commonsense level in so far as we are able to imagine not only stationary objects but also action scenes in which objects are in motion or in the process of being rotated or otherwise transformed. This chapter examines the distinction and its implications at several levels. First, we review the general contrast between static and dynamic representations and processes, including imagery. Then we consider individual differences, including sex differences, on that dimension. Finally, we discuss possible mechanisms and causal factors that could explain the phenomena associated with the distinction.


Mental Rotation Motoric Imagery Spatial Ability Biological Motion Left Visual Field 
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  • James M. Clark

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