Imaginative Minds

Hardcover | February 12, 2008

EditorIlona Roth

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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 contemporarysocieties. 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 volumes addresses this omission by bringing together the theories and methods of these disciplines with other perspectives offeringimportant insights into the imagination. The 15 chapters address key questions about the imaginative workings of the mind, including how the capacity for imagination evolved, how it is expressed and what roles it plays in children's thinking, what psychological processes and brain mechanisms are involved, and how imagination operates inuniversal cultural phenomena such as music, fiction and religion, which are both the fruits of and the 'fuel' for imaginative minds. The exceptional interdisciplinary scope of the volume, and its exploration and juxtaposition of different forms of imaginative cognition, offer an engaging and innovative take on the topic, bringing together approaches from psychology, cognitive science, anthropology and evolutionary studies withphilosophy and the humanities. Distinguished contributors demonstrate their own imaginative flair in a fascinating and varied collection of essays about this most elusive and special human capacity.

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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 contemporarysocieties. Yet in the fields of psychology and cogni...

Ilona Roth is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology with the Psychology in Science Group at Open University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:300 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.1 inPublished:February 12, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Evolution of the imaginationSteven Mithen: Seven Steps in the Evolution of the Human ImaginationAndrew Whiten and Thomas Suddendorf: Great ape cognition and the evolutionary roots of human imaginationSusan Blackmore: Memes, minds and imaginationDevelopment of imagination in childrenMarjorie Taylor, Stephanie M. Carlson and Alison B. Shawber: Autonomy and control in children's interactions with imaginary companionsPaul L. Harris and Melissa Koenig: Imagination and testimony in cognitive development: the cautious disciple?Mind into Culture: perspectives on musical imaginationNicholas Cook: Imagining things: mind into music (and back again)Ian Cross: Music Science and CultureImagination, cognition and creative thinkingMark Turner: The way we imagineDavid G. Pearson: Mental Imagery and Creative SynthesisGregory Currie: A claim on the readerCognitive architecture of the imaginationPascal Boyer: Specialised inference engines as precursors of creative imagination?Daniel Nettle: A module for metaphor? The site of imagination in the architecture of the mindAtypical imagination and brain mechanismsIlona Roth: Conceptualising the imaginative mind: insights from Autism Spectrum DisordersJohn G. Geake and Morten L. Kringelbach: Imaging Imagination: Brain Scanning of the Imagined Future