Imagination Can Influence Perception

Imagination Can Influence Perception

Psychology November 29, 2011 / By Divya Menon
Imagination Can Influence Perception
SYNOPSIS

Imagining something with our mind’s eye is a task we engage in frequently. But how can we tell whether our own mental images are accurate or vivid when we have no direct comparison?

Imagining something with our mind’s eye is a task we engage in frequently, whether we’re daydreaming, conjuring up the face of a childhood friend, or trying to figure out exactly where we might have parked the car. But how can we tell whether our own mental images are accurate or vivid when we have no direct comparison? That is, how do we come to know and judge the contents of our own minds?

Mental imagery is typically thought to be a private phenomenon, which makes it difficult to test people’s metacognition of – or knowledge about –their own mental imagery. But a novel study, to be published in a forthcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, capitalizes on the visual phenomenon of binocular rivalry as a way to test this kind of metacognition.

Read more at Psychological Science

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