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Thought-Images: The Quest for Visualisation of the Mental around 1900

Goysdotter, Moa LU (2012) In Ideas in History. The journal of the Nordic Society of the History of Ideas 5. p.11-26
Abstract
This article examines the ever-actual desire to visualise and materialise thought-images in a historical perspective. The interest for research into thought imagery,and of visual proof production of thoughts, coincided with the invention of the camera and culminated somewhere around 1900. Together with other scientific circumstances that appeared up to 1900, such as the experimental psychology model of the mind as an archive and the discovery of rays as an immaterial but yet scientifically proven fact, the camera became the self-evident centre to construct theories around in attempts to scientifically legitimise research into the realm of mental imagery. As a highly recognised scientific tool, a proven detector and visualiser of rays, and... (More)
This article examines the ever-actual desire to visualise and materialise thought-images in a historical perspective. The interest for research into thought imagery,and of visual proof production of thoughts, coincided with the invention of the camera and culminated somewhere around 1900. Together with other scientific circumstances that appeared up to 1900, such as the experimental psychology model of the mind as an archive and the discovery of rays as an immaterial but yet scientifically proven fact, the camera became the self-evident centre to construct theories around in attempts to scientifically legitimise research into the realm of mental imagery. As a highly recognised scientific tool, a proven detector and visualiser of rays, and a generally recognised explanatory model of the mechanism of the mind, photography became the centre in the axis mind-photography-rays, along which researchers experimented in the quest for materialisation of the mental around 1900. (Less)
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thought photography, esoterism, spirit photography, Photography, photographic history 19th century
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Ideas in History. The journal of the Nordic Society of the History of Ideas
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5
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11 - 26
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Museum Tusculanum Press
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1890-1832
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  author       = {Goysdotter, Moa},
  issn         = {1890-1832},
  keyword      = {thought photography,esoterism,spirit photography,Photography,photographic history 19th century},
  language     = {eng},
  pages        = {11--26},
  publisher    = {Museum Tusculanum Press},
  series       = {Ideas in History. The journal of the Nordic Society of the History of Ideas},
  title        = {Thought-Images: The Quest for Visualisation of the Mental around 1900},
  volume       = {5},
  year         = {2012},
}