David Pearson (1998) Imagery Need not be Blind to Fail
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Psycoloquy 9(34): Imagery Need not be Blind to Fail
IMAGERY NEED NOT BE BLIND TO FAIL
Commentary on Margolis on Cognitive-Illusion
Department of Psychology
University of Aberdeen
Aberdeen AB24 2UB, UK.
Margolis (1998) argues that the mental rotation essential
for an illusory collision in a Tychonic system cannot be "seen,"
because if conscious imagery represented the rotation the illusion
would be immediately dispelled. However, a number of research
studies have demonstrated circumstances in which individuals can
fail to discover quite simple insights on the basis of mental
imagery alone. Rather than arising from a form of "imagery
blindsight," the persistence of the illusion can be accounted for
by existing cognitive theories of mental discovery.
blindsight, cognitive illusion, mental image, persuasion,
psychology of science.