Whether or not they are aware of it, visualization practices of most individuals affect their behavior and emotional regulation every day. Visualization is the formation of mental images. It is a critical part of the creative process when considered in its “intentional” form because it allows the user to explore novel ways to organize and interact with facts and experiences. Creating mental images of chess pieces, for example, and probabilistic future placement, allows the player to take appropriate action offensively and defensively. This entry examines ways individuals employ visualization to creatively enhance performance, affect emotional state, and invoke visceral physical experiences.

Although the ability to visualize varies between people, the spectrums on which visualized images can be rated generally do not. Visualizations can be vivid or ...

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