Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Is mental imagery prominently visual?

Marta Olivetti Belardinelli a1 and Rosalia Di Matteo a1
a1 ECONA (Interuniversity Center for Research on Cognitive Processing in Natural and Artificial Systems) and Department of Psychology, University of Rome “La Sapienza”, I-00185 Rome, Italy


Neuroimaging and psychophysiological techniques have proved to be useful in comprehending the extent to which the visual modality is pervasive in mental imagery, and in comprehending the specificity of images generated through other sensory modalities. Although further research is needed to understand the nature of mental images, data attained by means of these techniques suggest that mental imagery requires at least two distinct processing components.