`This is surely the ultimate expression of the top-down approach to consciousness, written with Sommerhoff's characteristic clarity and precision. It says far more than other books four times the size of this admirably concise volume. This book is destined to become a pillar of the subject' -Rodney Cotterill, Technical University of Denmark The problem of consciousness has been described as a mystery about which we are still in a terrible muddle and in Understanding Consciousness: Its Function and Brain Processes, the author unravels this mystery through a clarification of the main concepts related to consciousness, followed by a comprehensive biological explanation. Consequently, this book will be idea

Imaginative Representations

Imaginative representations

Mental Images

Imaginative representations, as conceived in our model, appear in many different roles, and they may operate at a conscious or an unconscious level. We meet them as representations of absent, past or future events, or mere fantasies, as when you imagine a unicorn, ‘picture’ the house you might like to build or ‘visualize’ a scene described in a book. We meet them, too, as representations of possible acts, the so-called ‘motor images’, as when we review our options and their anticipated consequences. Again, a great deal of our thinking tends to be conducted in terms of mental images, and, as Johnson-Laird (1983) has shown, even a great deal of our reasoning. Since his work was undertaken, modern information technology has also ...

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