An examination of the uses and types of imagination in both childhood and adulthood. This course will touch on the mechanics of mental imagery and discuss the ways in which imagery is manifest in cognition and particularly in management of social relationships. Emphasis will be placed on the connections between imagination and emotion, such as in children's enactment of scary or nurturant pretend play. How imagination affects interpersonal interactions will be considered, as will other topics such as children's creation of imaginary companions, imagination as pathology, and individual differences in imagination, imagery of individuals deprived of particular senses, and the influence of imagination on memory.
Max Enrollment: 15
Prerequisites: Open to juniors and seniors who have taken two 200-level courses, excluding PSYC 205, PSYC 250, and PSYC 299.
Distribution Requirements: SBA - Social and Behavioral Analysis; EC - Epistemology and Cognition
Semesters Offered this Academic Year: Fall