MENTAL CONSTRUCTION David Pearson Room T10, William Guild Building [email protected] Neomentalist research provided evidence for a functional similarity between internally-generated images and externally-produced percepts.
Isometric and Orthographic physical manipulation in real world.
Projections of 3D objects
First Instruction 0% correct purely on the basis of the presented symbols alone (Chambers & Reisberg, 1985).
Second Instruction 4% correct
Final Instruction 66% of trials correctly transformed.Out of these, 47% correctly identified
(1) mental images can depict the geometry of a shape sufficiently well enough to allow for mental reinterpretation.
(2) people are able to apply shape classification procedures to the information depicted by mental images.
rectangle, triangle, rectangle, letter ‘V’, number ‘8’
Recognisable patterns 38% of trials alphanumeric and geometric symbols, and then are given two minutes to mentally combine the symbols into any recognisable object that they can think of.
Difficult to recognise 32%
Wrong-part patterns 6%
No pattern 22%
Symbol groups used in Stage 1 alphanumeric and geometric symbols, and then are given two minutes to mentally combine the symbols into any recognisable object that they can think of.
recognisable patterns 44%
Novel symbol groups recognisable patterns 39%
An independent observer predicted 14%.