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Imagination is a human capacity that reproduces and transforms experiences and thoughts. The capacity is manifested in children’s pretend play and is an important part of adults’ ability to process the past, and to plan the future. A first step in the development of imagination is the ability to represent objects and events and to change these representations into alternatives to reality. For adaptive use of the imagination, some intentional regulation is necessary. Therefore a second step involves developing control functions to distinguish reality from imagination, to switch between, and to integrate these modes in for example, creative performance.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Curated Reference Collection in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology
PublisherAcademic Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780128093245
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Aug 27

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)

Free keywords

  • Counterfactual thinking
  • Creative process
  • Creativity
  • Daydreaming
  • Default-mode activity
  • Development of imagination
  • Fantasy
  • Fantasy proneness
  • Illusions
  • Imaginary companions
  • Imaginary worlds
  • Imagination
  • Mind wandering
  • Pretend play
  • Representation
  • Transitional object


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