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It is sometimes claimed or implied that these sorts of techniques arebased upon ancient oriental, and particularly Indian, spiritual practices (e.g., Samuels & Samuels, 1975; Gawain, 1982), and it thus may not be coincidental that a prominent figure in the psychotherapeutic imagery movement is a Pakistani born psychologist, Akhter Ahsen, known not only for his clinical and theoretical work (e.g., Ahsen, 1965, 1977, 1984, 1985, 1993, 1999), but also because he was instrumental, in the later 1970s, in the foundation ofthe International Imagery Association, and the peer reviewedJournal of Mental Imagery (which began publication in 1977).The Association's mission, stated on their web site, is “to further the understanding of mental imagery and advance its potentialin the development of human consciousness” (see ).The journal publishes articles on imagery from a wide range ofpsychological perspectives, including the cognitive. An AmericanAssociation for the Study of Mental Imagery was also founded in1978, with a mission to promote “the study of mental imagery asa part of human science and the application of scientific knowledgeabout mental imagery in the relief of human suffering and theenhancement of personal development”. Itsjournal, Imagination, Cognition and Personality, commencedpublication in the early 1980s. (The Association may now be defunct— its web site has disappeared — but the journal continuesto be published.)

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