Depicting second-order isomorphism and “depictive” representations

Hedy Amiri. and Chad J. Marsolek


According to Pylyshyn, depictive representations can be explanatory only if a certain kind of first-order isomorphism exists between the mental representations and real-world displays. What about a system with second-order isomorphism (similarities between different mental representations corresponding with similarities between different real-world displays)? Such a system may help to address whether “depictive” representations contribute to the visual nature of imagery.

Amiri, H., & Marsolek, C. J. (2002). Depicting second-order isomorphism and “depictive” representations. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25, 182-183.