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ERIC Number: EJ869937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0010-0277
A Motion Aftereffect from Visual Imagery of Motion
Winawer, Jonathan; Huk, Alexander C.; Boroditsky, Lera
Cognition, v114 n2 p276-284 Feb 2010
Mental imagery is thought to share properties with perception. To what extent does the process of imagining a scene share neural circuits and computational mechanisms with actually perceiving the same scene? Here, we investigated whether mental imagery of motion in a particular direction recruits neural circuits tuned to the same direction of perceptual motion. To address this question we made use of a visual illusion, the motion aftereffect. We found that following prolonged imagery of motion in one direction, people are more likely to perceive real motion test probes as moving in the direction opposite to the direction of motion imagery. The transfer of adaptation from imagined to perceived motion provides evidence that motion imagery and motion perception recruit shared direction-selective neural circuitry. Even in the absence of any visual stimuli, people can selectively recruit specific low-level sensory neurons through mental imagery. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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