Brain, Imagery, and Memory

  • Michael S. Gazzaniga
  • Joseph E. LeDoux


While “imagery” has a long history in the study of the mind, going back at least to David Hume in the 18th century, who viewed images as weak sensations 1, the topic is currently at the forefront of that domain of experimental science known as cognitive psychology. Although the current popularity of imagery research has resulted in the delineation of certain psychological properties of the image 2–4 , little effort has been extended toward elucidating the brain mechanisms involved. Yet, progress in this area would undoubtedly help to specify clearly the nature of the image. Furthermore, an understanding of the neural mechanisms of imagery would have wide-ranging implications for bridging the gap between mind and brain, for imagery is truly a “mental” function. We feel that our continuing studies of the Wilson patients have provided some insights into the neuropsychological nature of mental imagery. The observations to be described were made in conjunction with Dr. Gail Risse 22


Left Hemisphere Word Pair Brain Damage Anterior Commissure Visual Imagery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael S. Gazzaniga
    • 1
  • Joseph E. LeDoux
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Neurology, The New York HospitalCornell University Medical CollegeUSA

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