Development of a new Clarity of Auditory Imagery
Categories of imagery produced may include (1) reminiscence and associations, (2) affective awareness, (3) interactional imagery, (4) somatic and kinaesthetic sensations, (5) auditory imagery
, (6) abstract visual imagery, (7) photographic images, and (8) transpersonal and spiritual experiences.
Eleven participants (61%) reported that they were very good at creating auditory imagery
, 8 (44%) reported that they were very good at creating olfactory imagery, 7 (39%) reported that they were very good at receiving gustatory imagery, and 11 (61%) reported that they were very good at creating tactual imagery and had very good tactile sensitivity.
A more comprehensive study of the role of imagery and congenitally deaf or blind adults was undertaken by Marchant & Malloy (1984) who reported that although imagery was used by both groups, the congenitally deaf demonstrated a deficit in auditory imagery
and the congenitally blind a deficit in visual imagery.
Verbal or mental communications also tend to be coherent, whereas with hypnagogic/hypnopompic auditory imagery
it is often unintelligible and can be nonsensical.
explore the use of auditory imagery
and suggest that a model which mirrors and develops the acoustic side of the working memory model with the addition of a 'lexical ear' to an inner ear and an inner voice might provide a way of organizing their data.