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Imaginative Minds

Ilona Roth

Abstract

Imagination is one of the most distinctive characteristics of human thought. The supreme powers of flexibility, supposition and inventiveness that are its hallmarks, whether in science, technology, business or the visual, literary and performing arts, are highly prized in contemporary societies. Yet in the fields of psychology and cognitive science, where we might expect to find the topic ‘centre-stage’, there has been comparatively little work. This volume addresses this omission by bringing together the theories and methods of these disciplines with other perspectives offering important insi ... More

Keywords: imagination, psychology, cognitive science, evolutionary studies, children, brain mechanisms, music, fiction, religion, imaginative cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780197264195
Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197264195.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ilona Roth, editor
Senior Lecturer in Psychology, Psychology in Science Group, Open University

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Contents

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Part I Evolution of the Imagination

Part II Development of Imagination in Children

4 Autonomy and Control in Children’s Interactions with Imaginary Companions

MARJORIE TAYLOR, STEPHANIE M. CARLSON, and ALISON B. SHAWBER

Part III Mind into Culture: Perspectives on Musical Imagination

Part IV Imagination, Cognition, and Creative Thinking

8 A Claim on the Reader1

GREGORY CURRIE

Part V Cognitive Architecture of the Imagination

Part VI Atypical Imagination and Brain Mechanisms

14 Imaging Imagination: Brain Scanning of the Imagined Future

MORTEN L. KRINGELBACH, and JOHN G. GEAKE

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