Response Organization of Mental Imagery, Evaluation of Descriptive Experience Sampling, and Alternatives A Commentary on Hurlburt's and Schwitzgebel's 'Describing Inner Experience?'
This commentary explores a number of issues raised by Hurlburt and Schwitzgebel (2007) in 'Describing Inner Experience'. The commentary argues for expanding the definition of mental imag-ery, by which it is a virtually universal human attribute; reintroduces a theory of response organization, the meaning complex, to conceptu-alize unsymbolized thinking; draws on work with Guided Affective Imagery to comment on the fragility versus robustness of mental imagery; comments on the virtues and probable flaws of Descriptive Experience Sampling (DES), including an evolutionary explanation of the flaws; and describes a pair of alternatives to DES: idiothetic experience sampling in which rating scales immediately follow the narrative reports, in place of delayed interviews, and the growing promise of coupling experience sampling with brain imaging.
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Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Division of Social Sciences, University of Minnesota, Morris; Morris, MN 56267, Email: [email protected]
Publication date: 2011-01-01