Sign theory at work: The mental imagery debate revisited

Jelena Issajeva
2015 Sign Systems Studies  
Th is article attempts to give a plausible explanation to the long-debated question about the nature of mental imagery (MI). Th e traditional approach to this question is based on the representational paradigm, which, I claim, is misguided. Instead of representational aspects of mental imagery, I emphasize the functions of mental imagery, the variety of properties that images exhibit in experimental studies, and the relations between diff erent characteristics of images, their functions and the
more » ... r functions and the subject of imagery. Th at is, I propose to account for mental imagery as a sign system, consisting of diff erent types of signs. A mental image can contain important properties as parts of the complex sign. Th is approach to the explanation of the nature of MI is benefi cial, since it suggests the phenomenon of mental imagery, which overcomes some long-standing controversies on the issue.
doi:10.12697/sss.2015.43.4.13 fatcat:c7ofj4ypzbe5bnahuhesjsume4