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Blind VisionThe Neuroscience of Visual Impairment$
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Zaira Cattaneo and Tomaso Vecchi

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780262015035

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.001.0001

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The Relationship between Visual Perception, Imagery, and Cognitive Functions

The Relationship between Visual Perception, Imagery, and Cognitive Functions

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(p.49) 3 The Relationship between Visual Perception, Imagery, and Cognitive Functions
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Blind Vision
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Cattaneo Zaira

Vecchi Tomaso

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262015035.003.0003

This chapter presents imagery’s basic characteristics and its relationship to visual perception and cognitive functions, and discusses the pictorial and propositional theories of imagery. The association of imagery with visual perception and working memory is discussed with a focus on the importance of working memory. The chapter focuses on the importance of mental imagery in learning, reasoning, and mathematical abilities, along with its role in athletic performances, and discusses mental image generation from either long-term memory or perception. It explores the question of whether the brain region responsible for perceptual processing is also responsible for the development of mental images.

Keywords:   mental imagery, visual perception, cognitive functions, pictorial theories, propositional theories, brain

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