Encyclopedia of Creativity, Invention, Innovation and Entrepreneurship

2013 Edition
| Editors: Elias G. Carayannis

Imagery and Creativity

  • Barbara ColomboEmail author
  • Alessandro Antonietti
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4614-3858-8_155


Key Concepts and Theoretical Background

Mental images – a kind of representation people often employ in everyday life (Antonietti and Colombo 1996–1997) – play a facilitating role in thinking processes as a means of simulation and as a means of symbolization (Kosslyn 1983). As simulation cognitive tools, images allow people to anticipate mentally the actual operations and the physical changes and provide an internal representation that keeps an analogical correspondence with the outside world. As symbolization tools, mental images stand for objects or concrete events, which are replaced by conventional signs. In the first case, images are useful because they offer the opportunity to view the mental consequences of the situation that the representation in verbal or abstract terms does not make immediately obvious. In the second case, images help individuals to mentally manipulate the elements of a situation, because mental images...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyCatholic University of the Sacred HeartMilanItaly