Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Does your brain use the images in it, and if so, how?

Daniel C. Dennett a1
a1 Center for Cognitive Studies, Tufts University, Medford MA 02155


The presence of spatial patterns of activity in the brain is suggestive of image-exploiting processes in vision and mental imagery, but not conclusive. Only behavioral evidence can confirm or disconfirm hypotheses about whether, and how, the brain uses images in its information-processing, and the arguments based on such evidence are still inconclusive.