The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination

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Anna Abraham
Cambridge University Press, Jun 18, 2020 - Psychology - 862 pages
The human imagination manifests in countless different forms. We imagine the possible and the impossible. How do we do this so effortlessly? Why did the capacity for imagination evolve and manifest with undeniably manifold complexity uniquely in human beings? This handbook reflects on such questions by collecting perspectives on imagination from leading experts. It showcases a rich and detailed analysis on how the imagination is understood across several disciplines of study, including anthropology, archaeology, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and the arts. An integrated theoretical-empirical-applied picture of the field is presented, which stands to inform researchers, students, and practitioners about the issues of relevance across the board when considering the imagination. With each chapter, the nature of human imagination is examined - what it entails, how it evolved, and why it singularly defines us as a species.
 

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Contents

The Evolution of a Human Imagination
13
An Anthropological Perspective
30
The Archaeological Imagination
47
Philosophical Perspectives on Imagination in the Western
64
A Short Introduction
80
From Prediction to Imagination
94
Perspectives on Constructive
111
Capturing the Imagination
132
How Imagination Supports Narrative Experiences for Textual
466
Development of the FantasyReality Distinction
479
Buddhist Paths to Wholeness in Tibet
500
Hypothetical Thinking
514
The Impact of Alternatives
529
A Look Back at Pioneering Theories of the Creative Brain
548
Imagination in the Philosophy of Art
565
Imagination in Aesthetic Experience
578

Artificial Intelligence and Imagination
162
The Visual Imagination
175
Neurophysiological Foundations and Practical Applications
207
Temporal Mental Imagery
227
Emotional Mental Imagery
241
Multisensory Perception and Mental Imagery
258
How Mental Imagery Spans Across the Senses
276
Continuities and Discontinuities Between Imagination
293
Imagining and Experiencing the Self on Cognitive Maps
311
An Integrative
332
Imagination and SelfReferential Thinking
354
How Imaginary Minds Mimic Real Life
373
Imagination and Moral Cognition
390
A Network Neuroscience Perspective
406
On the Interaction Between Episodic and Semantic
447
Art is for Social
593
Lessons from Art History
608
Be a Butterfly
620
Imagination Intersubjectivity and a Musical Therapeutic
635
Beyond Imagination and Perception
659
Dreaming is Imagination Roaming Freely Based
676
Aphantasia
692
Hypnosis and Imagination
711
Hallucinations and Imagination
728
The Psychiatry of Imagination
760
Meditation and Imagination
783
Flow in Performance and Creative Cognition An Optimal
796
The Force of the Imagination
811
Subject Index
833
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Anna Abraham is the E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity and Gifted Education, and the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development in the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

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