Selected Publications

Taylor, M. & Aguiar, N.R. (in press). How real is the imaginary? In M. Banaji & S. A. Gelman (Eds.) The Development of Social Cognition.

Tahiroglu, D., Mannering, A. M., & Taylor, M. (2011). Visual and auditory imagery associated with children’s imaginary companions. Imagination, Cognition and Personality, 31, 99- 112.

Taylor, M., Hulette, A. C., & Dishion, T. J. (2010). Longitudinal outcomes of young high-risk adolescents with imaginary companions. Developmental Psychology, 46, 1632-1636.

Mannering, A. M., & Taylor, M. (2009). Cross-modality correlations in the imagery of adults and 5-year-old children. Imagination, Cognition, and Personality , 28, 207-238. (pdf)

Richert, R. A., Shawber, A. B., Hoffman, R. I., & Taylor, M. (2009). Learning from real and fantasy characters in preschool and kindergarten. Journal of Cognition and Development , 10, 41-66. (pdf)

Taylor, M. & Mottweiler, C. M. (2008). Imaginary companions: Pretending they are real but knowing they are not. American Journal of Play , 1, 47-54. (pdf)

Taylor, M., Shawber, A. B., & Mannering, A. M. (2008). Children’s imaginary companions: What is it like to have an invisible friend? In K. Markman, W. Klein, & J. Suhr (Eds.) The handbook of imagination and mental simulation . New York: Psychology Press.

Carlson, S. M., Tahiroglu, D., & Taylor. M. (2008). Links between dissociation and role play in a non-clinical sample of preschool children. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation , 9, 149-171. (pdf)

Taylor, M., Carlson, S, M., & Shawber, A. B. (2007). Autonomy and control in children’s interactions with imaginary companions. In I. Roth (Ed.) Imaginative minds , pp. 81-100. Oxford, UK: British Academy and Oxford University Press.

Taylor, M., & Mannering, A. M. (2007). Of Hobbes and Harvey: The imaginary companions of children and adults. In A. Goncu & S. Gaskins (Eds.) Play and Development: Evolutionary, Sociocultural and Functional Perspectives. Lawrence Erlbaum.

Carlson, S. M., & Taylor, M. (2005). Imaginary companions and impersonated characters: Sex differences in children’s fantasy play. Merrill Palmer Quarterly , 51, 299-324. (pdf)

Taylor, M., Carlson, S. M., Maring, B. L., Gerow, L., & Charley, C. (2004). The characteristics and correlates of high fantasy in school-aged children: Imaginary companions, impersonation and social understanding. Developmental Psychology, 40, 1173-1187. (pdf)

Taylor, M., Hodges, S. D., & Kohanyi, A. (2003). The illusion of independent agency: Do adult fiction writers experience their characters as having minds of their own? Imagination, Cognition, and Personality, 22, 361-380. (pdf)

Taylor, M., Lussier, G.L., & Maring, B. L. (2003). The distinction between lying and pretending. Journal of Cognition and Development, 4, 299-324. (pdf)

Taylor, M. (1999). Imaginary companions and the children who create them. New York: Oxford University Press.

Carlson, S. M., Taylor, M., & Levin, G. R. (1998). The influence of culture on fantasy play: The case of Mennonite children. Merrill Palmer Quarterly, 44, 538-565.(pdf)

Taylor, M., & Carlson, S. M. (1997). The relation between individual differences in fantasy and theory of mind. Child Development, 68, 436-455. (pdf)


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