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An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery.

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dc.contributor.author MacIntyre, Tadhg E.
dc.contributor.author Moran, Aidan P.
dc.contributor.author Collet, Christine
dc.contributor.author Guillot, Aymeric
dc.date.accessioned 2014-04-30T10:55:30Z
dc.date.available 2014-04-30T10:55:30Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Macintyre TE, Moran AP, Collet C, Guillot A (2013) 'An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery'. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 7, article 104 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/3799
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Mental imagery, or the ability to simulate in the mind information that is not currently perceived by the senses, has attracted considerable research interest in psychology since the early 1970's. Within the past two decades, research in this field-as in cognitive psychology more generally-has been dominated by neuroscientific methods that typically involve comparisons between imagery performance of participants from clinical populations with those who exhibit apparently normal cognitive functioning. Although this approach has been valuable in identifying key neural substrates of visual imagery, it has been less successful in understanding the possible mechanisms underlying another simulation process, namely, motor imagery or the mental rehearsal of actions without engaging in the actual movements involved. In order to address this oversight, a "strength-based" approach has been postulated which is concerned with understanding those on the high ability end of the imagery performance spectrum. Guided by the expert performance approach and principles of ecological validity, converging methods have the potential to enable imagery researchers to investigate the neural "signature" of elite performers, for example. Therefore, the purpose of this paper is to explain the origin, nature, and implications of the strength-based approach to mental imagery. Following a brief explanation of the background to this latter approach, we highlight some important theoretical advances yielded by recent research on mental practice, mental travel, and meta-imagery processes in expert athletes and dancers. Next, we consider the methodological implications of using a strength-based approach to investigate imagery processes. The implications for the field of motor cognition are outlined and specific research questions, in dynamic imagery, imagery perspective, measurement, multi-sensory imagery, and metacognition that may benefit from this approach in the future are sketched briefly. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Frontiers en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Frontiers in Human Neuroscience;7, article 104
dc.relation.uri http://www.frontiersin.org/
dc.rights This Document is Protected by copyright and was first published by Frontiers. All rights reserved. it is reproduced with permission. en_US
dc.subject expertise en_US
dc.subject mental imagery en_US
dc.subject metacognition en_US
dc.subject motor cognition en_US
dc.subject converging methods en_US
dc.subject mental practice en_US
dc.subject mental travel en_US
dc.subject mental rotation en_US
dc.title An emerging paradigm: a strength-based approach to exploring mental imagery. en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2014-04-30T08:49:13Z
dc.description.version Published
dc.identifier.doi 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00104
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1436973
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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