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Mental imagery is useful to humans. 1 Ladon 2 Word Count: 370 3 Humans can recall detailed accounts of specific events and envision future scenarios 4 because of mental imagery. Mental imagery is the representation of a stimulus, of any modality, 5 being present in the mind in the absence of the external stimulus (Kosslyn et al., 2006). Mental 6 imagery is useful to humans because it plays a key role in various cognitive functions. 7 Think back to the last time you redecorated a room. You knew exactly what it should 8 look like because you had it all laid out in your mind the paint colour, decorations, and 9 arrangement of furniture. Now imagine trying to create that same room without being able to 10 picture what individual aspects would look like when they are put together. It would be much 11 harder to plan without envisioning the final setup. 12 Mental imagery is often used to form and recall memories. You may have been asked to 13
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