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 [email protected]


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.