PSYCHOLOGY 410/510 Imagination

The imagination is a powerful tool that is available to us throughout life, part of our biological endowment as human beings. With our imaginations, we can relive the past, plan and anticipate the future, process and come to terms with the issues in our present. The study of imagination crosscuts traditional areas in psychology and extends into other fields as well (e.g., philosophy, literature). In this course we will examine how psychologists think about and study human imagination, covering topics such as pretend play in children, counterfactual reasoning, imagery, mental time travel, creativity, consciousness, dreaming, mental illness, and the impact of technology on concepts of self and identity.