Visual imagery is not always like visual perception
Martha E. Arterberry a1, Catherine Craver-Lemley a2andAdam Reeves a3 a1 Department of Psychology, Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, PA 17325
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The “Perky effect” is the interference of visual imagery with vision. Studies of this effect show that visual imagery has more than symbolic properties, but these properties differ both spatially (including “pictorially”) and temporally from those of vision. We therefore reject both the literal picture-in-the-head view and the entirely symbolic view.