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ABSTRACT: Evaluates the pictorial (e.g., A. Paivio, 1976, 1978; R. N. Shepard, 1975, 1978) and propositional (e.g., J. R. Anderson, 1976, 1978; Z. W. Pylyshyn, 1973, 1978) views of imagery. It is shown that part of the dispute between the 2 groups is based on a misconceived notion of the way pictures may function as symbols, and of the role of symbolization in cognitive processes and in theory construction. An alternative to the dispute is presented to demonstrate how a properly conceived notion of symbolization incorporates the virtues of both the pictorialists and the propositionalists. It is also suggested that cognitive processes be understood in terms of skills in the manipulation of symbols and in the relating of symbols to the semantic domains that they map. (French summary) (105 ref)
Canadian Journal of Psychology Revue Canadienne de Psychologie 10/1979; 33(3):158-84.