Visual Imagery—How It Matters

All Hail Deity Visualization (Or Not)?

When we imagine multiple images, we create multiple maps that compete for space in the brain’s visual areas. The implications are wide-ranging.

Is there a limit to how much we can imagine at once, or is our imagination truly unlimited? Limitations to our imagery can constrain what we are able to achieve, both in daily life and in therapeutic interventions.

Read about priming—if I asked you to imagine a red Gabor patch for a few seconds, and then presented you with a binocular-rivalry display comprising of one red and one green Gabor patch, you would be significantly more likely to see the red image rather than the green one.

For now, the jury is still out as to whether or not our capacity for visual imagery can be improved (indeed, that’s the question I’m working on now). But what we do know is that by studying and creating new objective ways to quantify the capacity limits of our visual imagery we can begin to understand the full limitations to the human imagination and mind, and develop new ways to overcome these.

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My Q:

Do you see (no pun intended) the value of spiritual imagination in your vajrayana practice—imagining all sentient beings, deities, pure realms, enlightenment even?

Welcome your insights!