This advanced undergraduate textbook structures and integrates research on imagery under four headings: imagery as a personal or phenomenal experience; imagery as a mental representation; imagery as a property or attribute of materials; and imagery as a cognitive process that is under strategic control. A major part of the discussion under each of these headings concerns the ways in which the structures, mechanisms, and processes in the brain mediate our subjective experience of imagery and our observable behaviour when we make use of it in cognitive tasks.
This is a short, clearly written, to-the-point review of the main imagery literature, coherently organised according to four different ways of conceptualising imagery research. This makes it appropriate as a supplementary undergraduate cognitive psychology or neuropsychology text, or as a stimulus for graduate research projects. - Jenni A. Ogden (University of Auckland, Australia) in JINS, Journal of International Neuropsychological Society
John Richardson has had no small part to play [in the development of European Imagery Research] and it is wholly appropriate that he should write this excellent textbook. [He] writes with a clarity that reflects his keen interest in the teaching of cognitive psychology as well as his contribution to its growth. - Professor Robert H. Logie (King's College, University of Aberdeen, UK)
'With his new book on imagery John T.E. Richardson again demonstrates his exceptional ability to write simply about complex phenomena…Richardson discusses the main findings from an experiential, a behavioural, and a neuropsychological perspective. I know of no current textbook managing to integrate these three approaches as well as has been achieved here…The exposition of the topics the book includes is irreproachable.' - Professor Tore Helstrup (University of Oslo, Norway)
As we have long been accustomed with John Richardson's writings, this is a clear, well-structured description and evaluation of imagery research. The book will provide an ideal way for a student to proceed in the domain of imagery. I especially appreciate the clear contrasts drawn among the four conceptual approaches to imagery. It is an excellent idea to provide the readers with summaries at the end of each chapter. - Michel Denis (University of Paris, France)
Extremely well-written and has been well planned by the authora book that does its job well. It guides the reader through the complexities of imagery research without losing them in the clouds of uncertainty that shroud the area. - J.G. Quinn (University of St. Andrews, UK)
I found much to remember and ponder over in Richardson's Imagery, an 'entry level' survey of human imagery studies. Imagery represents a valuable survey of a vast and complex field. Richardson writes with clarity and ease in an area that has more than its fair share of philosophical trappings. - Billy Lee (University of Edinburgh) in Perception
Introduction. Imagery as a Phenomenal Experience. Imagery as an Internal Representation. Imagery as a Stimulus Attribute. Imagery as a Mnemonic Strategy. Conclusions.