The Brain Uses A Processing Engine For Perform Mental Imagery

837 Words Apr 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The brain uses a processing engine to perform mental imagery, which is a mental representation of certain stimuli when those stimuli actually are not in attendance. Mental imagery is the idea in a person 's mind of the physical world outside of that person. It is an experience that, in most instances, significantly resembles the experience of perceiving some object or event, but happens when the relevant object, event, or scene is not actually taking place with the senses. Mental imagery is important because it occurs in many cognitive tasks, and helps us understand related phenomena such as hallucinations, day-dreams, mnemonics, and dreaming. It also may be useful to understand how elicit imagery during therapy with systematic desensitization and the empty-chair technique. Quite frequently, imagery experiences are understood as copies or reconstructions of existing perceptual experiences from the person’s past; at other times they may seem to foresee possible, often desired or undesired, future events. Mental imagery is a familiar aspect of everyone’s everyday experiences. For the majority of us, experiencing imagery is a familiar and common feature of our mental lives. It is also obvious that imagery, for the most part, is subject to voluntary command. Although, it is true that is is sometimes difficult to shake off unwanted images (an example being a memory of a terrible event that one cannot get out of their mind), but for the most part we can easily manipulate imagery…

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