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Mental Imagery

  1. Robert G. Kunzendorf1,
  2. Anees A. Sheikh2

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0539

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

How to Cite

Kunzendorf, R. G. and Sheikh, A. A. 2010. Mental Imagery. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–3.

Author Information

  1. 1

    University of Massachusetts–Lowell

  2. 2

    Marquette University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The study of mental imagery has generated major disagreement ever since the science of psychology was founded in the nineteenth century. Much of this disagreement, then and now, focuses on whether imaging abilities are representative of universal psychological processes or whether they are indicative of individual differences.


  • imagination;
  • daydreaming;
  • memory;
  • cognition