Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Mental imagery: In search of my theory

Edward de Haan a1 and André Aleman a1
a1 Neuropsychology Section, Helmholtz Research Institute Utrecht and University Medical Centre Utrecht, 3584 CS Utrecht, The Netherlands


We argue that the field has moved forward from the old debate about “analogical” versus “symbolic” processing. First, it is questionable that there is a strong a priori argument for assuming a common processing mode. Second, we explore the possibility that imagery is not a unitary mental function. Finally, we discuss the empirical basis of the involvement of primary areas.