PSYC 339 Spring 2015 Imagination

Imagination refers to the capacity to mentally transcend time, place, and/or circumstance to think about what might have been, plan and anticipate the future, create fictional worlds, and consider remote and close alternatives to actual experiences. This multi-faceted capacity emerges in early childhood and is fundamental to human thought throughout life. 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, fiction, dreaming, mental illness, and the impact of technology on concepts of self and identity. All students will design and conduct an empirical research project.
Class Format: empirical lab course
Requirements/Evaluation: active class participation, regular thought papers and class presentations, written report and presentation of an original empirical research project
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Prerequisites: PSYC 201 and PSYC 232
Enrollment Preference: preference will be given to Psychology majors
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: PSYC Area 3 - Developmental Psychology,PSYC Empirical Lab Course
Enrollment Limit: 16
Expected Enrollment: 12
Class Number: 3660
PSYC 339 - 01 (S) SEM Imagination Division 2: Social Studies Alison B. Sachet
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Bronfman 317 3660
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