Imagery and visual working memory: one and the same?

Trends Cogn Sci. 2013 Oct;17(10):489-90. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2013.08.005. Epub 2013 Aug 16.


Although visual imagery and visual working memory are both defined by the ability to actively represent and manipulate visual information, it is not known whether they rely on common mechanisms. A recent study by Albers and colleagues directly investigates this issue, finding evidence of common internal representations in early visual areas.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, Non-P.H.S.
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Imagination / physiology*
  • Memory, Short-Term / physiology*
  • Visual Cortex / physiology*