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comment To what extent do individuals vary in their ability to mentally visualise?
When I wrote this answer, more than a year ago, I vaguely remembered an early debate about whether mental imagery was real -- it turned out that it was real to different people to different degrees, and different scholars were generalizing from their own experiences. Well, I finally found that story: the early mental image debate is discussed in this paper by Frances Galton (1880), where he also resolves the debate by carefully testing different subjects' mental imaging ability! link
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comment Are representations of unattended objects “bound”?
Thanks -- I think I see. I don't know whether that initial assumption is correct -- very curious if there is a definitive answer out there.
Jan
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comment Are representations of unattended objects “bound”?
I don't think I understand.
Jan
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comment Are representations of unattended objects “bound”?
1) There seem to be both conscious and unconscious representations in the brain. This may seem to be contradictory, but it's not. Our consciousness has strictly limited capacity. Some objects may be perceived in the sense of having internal representations, but lose the "race" to become conscious. See for example. 2) A red apple will be simultaneously represented in different brain areas. Its redness in one place, its shape in another. The question is, under what circumstances are those representations "bound"?
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comment Are representations of unattended objects “bound”?
I don't think this is quite right, though I'm open to being wrong. Two points:
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answered To what extent do individuals vary in their ability to mentally visualise?