Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412972000 | Print ISBN: 9781412940818 | Online ISBN: 9781412972000| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
How many windows are there in your home? Is the green of grass darker than the green of pine trees? How many straight and/or curved lines make up an uppercase letter E? If you have not thought about these questions before, it is likely that you experienced a visual image while finding their answers. For example, to determine the number of windows in your home, you might have imagined yourself standing in each room and counting the number of windows you “saw” in your mental image. Visual imagery refers to the experience of seeing something that is not physically present, so that there is no corresponding sensory input to your visual system. It is often referred to as “seeing with the mind's eye.” Most people report that they experience visual images when answering the types of questions posed above, as well as when figuring out how to best pack Objective ...