Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Pictures, propositions, and primitives in the head

Anjan Chatterjee a1
a1 Department of Neurology and Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104


Data from neuropsychology do not support the idea that the primary visual cortex necessarily displays internal visual images. However, the choice of formats used in human cognition is not restricted to depictive or descriptive representations. Nestled between pictures and propositions, primitive spatial schemas with simple analog features extracted from pictorial scenes may play a subtle but wide role in cognition.