Mental images are abstract things. They are supposedly images that can be seen but are formed in the mind. They tend to be visual reconstructions of events and/or objects to aid in memory recall.
Have you ever tried to remember something and went along the lines of… “Let me picture it… yes, there’s this, that and the other”? You were most likely creating a mental image. But how does this occur? Here are some points on the debate:
Pylyshyn argues that mental images imply a fallacy that there is another being in the mind which can receive and interpret images created in the mind.
However, neuroimaging studies has shown that the visual association cortex was the most active in generating mental images.
Although they provide evidence that a part of the brain is involved, it still doesn’t provide evidence on HOW they are generated.
Kosslyn argues that mental images are a combination of depictive and propositional images – depictive allows for a point-for-point characteristic of the image, whereas propositional contains specific facts about the image in a hierarchy.
Ambiguity of images cannot be changes
Maybe they can… with certain contexts
You can even rotate the images…
What do you think?