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An Information-Processing Theory of Mental Imagery: A Case Study in the New Mentalistic Psychology

George E. Smith and Stephen M. Kosslyn
PSA: Proceedings of the Biennial Meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association
Vol. 1980, Volume Two: Symposia and Invited Papers (1980), pp. 247-266
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/192593
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An Information-Processing Theory of Mental Imagery: A Case Study in the New Mentalistic Psychology
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Abstract

A particular research program on mental imagery is defended against certain sweeping methodological criticisms that have been advanced against it. The central claim is that the approach taken in the program is an appropriate response to the problem of doing empirical research in a theoretical vacuum, and that when it is viewed in this perspective, the criticisms are not merely unfounded, they are inappropriate. The argument for this claim is developed by first describing the program and then analyzing the methodological rationale behind it.

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