Our visual imagination — the mind’s eye — has a narrow bandwidth

The mind's eye

It can indeed be shown that there are severe limitations to our visual imagination. We use visual imagery when we remember the past and plan for the future; when we retain and manipulate visual information in our working memories; it even plays a role in our moral judgments, and our intentions to help others. The capacity limits to visual imagery we have discovered will likely influence the amount and quality of information we are able to maintain and process during any of these situations. These limitations to our imagery can constrain what we are able to achieve, both in daily life and in therapeutic interventions. For now, the jury is still out as to whether or not our capacity for visual imagery can be improved .

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