Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

The false dichotomy of imagery

Nigel J. T. Thomas a1
a1 Natural and Social Sciences, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 90032-8202


Pylyshyn's critique is powerful. Pictorial theories of imagery fail. On the other hand, the symbolic description theory he manifestly still favors also fails, lacking the semantic foundation necessary to ground imagery's intentionality and consciousness. However, contrary to popular belief, these two theory types do not exhaust available options. Recent work on embodied, active perception supports the alternative perceptual activity theory of imagery.