Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Mental imagery in memory psychophysics

William M. Petrusic a1 and Joseph V. Baranski a2
a1 Department of Psychology, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6, Canada
a2 Defence Research and Development Canada, 1133 Shepard Avenue West, Toronto, Ontario, M3M 3B9, Canada


Imagery has played an important, albeit controversial, role in the study of memory psychophysics. In this commentary we critically examine the available data bearing on whether pictorial based depictions of remembered perceptual events are activated and scanned in each of a number of different psychophysical tasks.