On Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science.

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/620322
Title:
On Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science.
Authors:
MacKisack, Matthew; Aldworth, S.; Macpherson, F.; Onians, J.; Winlove, Crawford; Zeman, Adam
Abstract:
The past 25 years have seen a rapid growth of knowledge about brain mechanisms involved in visual mental imagery. These advances have largely been made independently of the long history of philosophical - and even psychological - reckoning with imagery and its parent concept 'imagination'. We suggest that the view from these empirical findings can be widened by an appreciation of imagination's intellectual history, and we seek to show how that history both created the conditions for - and presents challenges to - the scientific endeavor. We focus on the neuroscientific literature's most commonly used task - imagining a concrete object - and, after sketching what is known of the neurobiological mechanisms involved, we examine the same basic act of imagining from the perspective of several key positions in the history of philosophy and psychology. We present positions that, firstly, contextualize and inform the neuroscientific account, and secondly, pose conceptual and methodological challenges to the scientific analysis of imagery. We conclude by reflecting on the intellectual history of visualization in the light of contemporary science, and the extent to which such science may resolve long-standing theoretical debates.
Citation:
On Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science. 2016, 7:515 Front Psychol
Publisher:
Frontiers In Psychology
Journal:
Frontiers in psychology
Issue Date:
7-Apr-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11287/620322
DOI:
10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515
PubMed ID:
27148124
Additional Links:
http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515/full
Note:
This article is freely available via Open Access. Click on the 'Additional Link' above to access the full-text from the publisher's site.
Type:
Journal Article
Language:
en
Appears in Collections:
Neurology; Honorary contracts publications; 2016 RD&E publications

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dc.contributor.authorMacKisack, Matthewen
dc.contributor.authorAldworth, S.en
dc.contributor.authorMacpherson, F.en
dc.contributor.authorOnians, J.en
dc.contributor.authorWinlove, Crawforden
dc.contributor.authorZeman, Adamen
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-12T14:30:33Z-
dc.date.available2017-05-12T14:30:33Z-
dc.date.issued2016-04-07-
dc.identifier.citationOn Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science. 2016, 7:515 Front Psycholen
dc.identifier.pmid27148124-
dc.identifier.doi10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11287/620322-
dc.description.abstractThe past 25 years have seen a rapid growth of knowledge about brain mechanisms involved in visual mental imagery. These advances have largely been made independently of the long history of philosophical - and even psychological - reckoning with imagery and its parent concept 'imagination'. We suggest that the view from these empirical findings can be widened by an appreciation of imagination's intellectual history, and we seek to show how that history both created the conditions for - and presents challenges to - the scientific endeavor. We focus on the neuroscientific literature's most commonly used task - imagining a concrete object - and, after sketching what is known of the neurobiological mechanisms involved, we examine the same basic act of imagining from the perspective of several key positions in the history of philosophy and psychology. We present positions that, firstly, contextualize and inform the neuroscientific account, and secondly, pose conceptual and methodological challenges to the scientific analysis of imagery. We conclude by reflecting on the intellectual history of visualization in the light of contemporary science, and the extent to which such science may resolve long-standing theoretical debates.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherFrontiers In Psychologyen
dc.relation.urlhttp://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00515/fullen
dc.rightsArchived with thanks to Frontiers in psychologyen
dc.subjectWessex Classification Subject Headings::Psychologyen
dc.subjectWessex Classification Subject Headings::Neurologyen
dc.titleOn Picturing a Candle: The Prehistory of Imagery Science.en
dc.typeJournal Articleen
dc.identifier.journalFrontiers in psychologyen
dc.description.noteThis article is freely available via Open Access. Click on the 'Additional Link' above to access the full-text from the publisher's site.en
dc.type.versionPublisheden

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