A Developmental Approach to Mental Imagery

  • Jacques Lautrey
  • Daniel Chartier


The development of capacities for mental imagery has been dealt with in both Piagetian theory and in theories of information processing (IP). The aim of the present paper is to examine the assumptions, methodology, and main findings in these two approaches, with specific focus on the development of the capacity for mental images of transformation in the child. The first part of this paper reviews the main issues in Piagetian and IP studies. Comparison shows that each field has identified a specific mode of representation. It is argued that relating these two modes of representation may be a powerful tool in conceptualizing the development of spatial operations.


Mental Rotation Mental Image Mental Imagery Developmental Approach Experimental Child Psychology 
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  • Daniel Chartier

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