The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination

Hardcover | May 14, 2013

EditorMarjorie Taylor

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Children are widely celebrated for their imaginations, but developmental research on this topic has often been fragmented or narrowly focused on fantasy. However, there is growing appreciation for the role that imagination plays in cognitive and emotional development, as well as its link withchildren's understanding of the real world. With their imaginations, children mentally transcend time, place, and/or circumstance to think about what might have been, plan and anticipate the future, create fictional relationships and worlds, and consider alternatives to the actual experiences oftheir lives. The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination provides a comprehensive overview of this broad new perspective by bringing together leading researchers whose findings are moving the study of imagination from the margins of mainstream psychology to a central role in current efforts tounderstand human thought. The topics covered include fantasy-reality distinctions, pretend play, magical thinking, narrative, anthropomorphism, counterfactual reasoning, mental time travel, creativity, paracosms, imaginary companions, imagination in non-human animals, the evolution of imagination,autism, dissociation, and the capacity to derive real life resilience from imaginative experiences. Many of the chapters include discussions of the educational, clinical, and legal implications of the research findings and special attention is given to suggestions for future research.

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Children are widely celebrated for their imaginations, but developmental research on this topic has often been fragmented or narrowly focused on fantasy. However, there is growing appreciation for the role that imagination plays in cognitive and emotional development, as well as its link withchildren's understanding of the real world. ...

Marjorie Taylor, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:576 pages, 10 × 7 × 0.98 inPublished:May 14, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780195395761

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Part One: Introduction1. Marjorie Taylor: Transcending Time, Place, and Circumstance: An Introduction to This Volume2. Jerome L. Singer and Dorothy G. Singer: Historical Overview of Research on Imagination in ChildrenPart Two: Fantasy-Reality Distinctions3. Paul L. Harris: Fairy Tales, History, and Religion4. Karl S. Rosengren and Jason French: Magical Thinking5. Jacqueline D. Woolley and Chelsea A. Cornelius: Beliefs in Magical Beings and Cultural Myths6. Deena Skolnick Weisberg: Distinguishing Imagination From Reality7. Mary Ann Foley: Children's Source Monitoring of Memories for Imagination8. Nathalie Carrick, Elizabeth Rush, and Jodi A. Quas: Suggestibility and Imagination in Early Childhood9. Thomas D. Lyon: Child witnesses and imagination: Lying, Hypothetical Reasoning, and Referential Ambiguity10. Angeline S. Lillard: Fictional Worlds, the Neuroscience of the Imagination, and Childhood EducationPart Three: Pretend Play and Narrative11. Stephanie M. Carlson and Rachel E. White: Executive Function, Pretend Play, and Imagination12. Alison B. Shawber-Sachet and Candice M. Mottweiler: The Distinction between Role Play and Object Substitution in Pretend Play13. Ori Friedman: How Do Children Represent Pretense?14. Elaine Reese: Culture, Narrative, and Imagination15. Susan Engel: Flux and Flow in Children's Narratives16. Suzanne Gaskins: Pretend Play as Culturally Constructed ActivityPart Four: Imagining the Self and Other17. Tracy R. Gleason: Imaginary Relationships18. Adam Waytz, Nadav Klein, and Nicholas Epley: Imagining Other Minds: Anthropomorphism is Hair Triggered but not Hare Brained19. Chris Moore and John Barresi: Imagination and the SelfPart Five: Mental Time Travel, Counterfactual Thinking, and Causality20. Cristina M. Atance and Jennifer L. Metcalf: Future Thinking in Young Children21. Sarah R. Beck and Kevin J. Riggs: Counterfactuals and Reality22. Caren M. Walker and Alison Gopnik: Causality and Imagination23. Anne O. Eisbach: What Children Understand about the Flow of Mental LifePart Six: Creativity24. Mark A. Runco and Jeremy Pina: Imagination and Personal Creativity25. Christophe Mouchiroud and Franck Zenasni: Individual Differences in the Development of Social Creativity26. Eva V. Hoff: The Relationship between Pretend Play and Creativity27. Michele M. Root-Bernstein: The Creation of Imaginary Worlds28. Sandra L. Calvert and Patti M. Valkenburg: The Influence of Television, Video Games, and the Internet on Children's CreativityPart Seven: Comparative Issues29. Thomas Suddendorf and Andy Dong: On the Evolution of Imagination and Design30. Robert W. Mitchell: The Comparative Study of ImaginationPart Eight: Clinical Issues31. Kathryn A. Becker-Blease: Imagination and Dissociation Across the Lifespan32. Fiona J. Scott: The Development of Imagination in Children with Autism33. Sandra W. Russ and Karla K. Fehr: The Role of Pretend Play in Child Psychotherapy34. Jana Porat and Avi Sadeh: Imagination-based Interventions with Children35. Miriam Steele: Telling stories: Accessing Narrative Imagination for use in Assessment with Clinical and Typical Populations36. Cindy Dell Clark: Imagination and Coping with Chronic IllnessPart Nine: Conclusion37. Marjorie Taylor: Looking ahead: Some Thoughts about Future Directions