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The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination

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Anna Abraham, Agustín Fuentes, Maria Danae Koukouti, Lambros Malafouris, Michael Shanks, Amy Kind, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Max Jones, Sam Wilkinson, Daniel L. Schacter, Donna Rose Addis, Arne Dietrich, Sandra Zakka, Tania Zittoun, Vlad Glăveanu, Hana Hawlina, Jim Davies, Joel Pearson, Kelly Jakubowski, Aymeric Guillot, Gerardo Viera, Bence Nanay, Simon E. Blackwell, Christopher C. Berger, Ophelia Deroy, Kourken Michaelian, Denis Perrin, André Sant'Anna, Shahar Arzy, Amnon Dafni-Merom, Quentin Raffaelli, Ramsey Wilcox, Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Arnaud D'Argembeau, Paige E. Davis, Giorgio Ganis, Evan D. Anderson, Aron K. Barbey, Adam Bulley, Jonathan Redshaw, Thomas Suddendorf, Muireann Irish, Joshua A. Quinlan, Raymond A. Mar, Jacqueline D. Woolley, Jenny Nissel, Anne Klein, Linden J. Ball, Ruth M. J. Byrne, Rex E. Jung, David Davies, Oshin Vartanian, Dahlia W. Zaidel, Noah Hutton, Julia F. Christensen, Khatereh Borhani, Nigel Osborne, Jennifer M. Windt, G. William Domhoff, Adam Zeman, Devin B. Terhune, David A. Oakley, Daniel Collerton, Elaine Perry, Alan Robert Bowman, Bernard Crespi, Sthaneshwar Timalsina, Örjan de Manzano
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  • Date Published: June 2020
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108429245

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  • The human imagination manifests in countless different forms. We imagine the possible and the impossible. How do we do this so effortlessly? Why did the capacity for imagination evolve and manifest with undeniably manifold complexity uniquely in human beings? This handbook reflects on such questions by collecting perspectives on imagination from leading experts. It showcases a rich and detailed analysis on how the imagination is understood across several disciplines of study, including anthropology, archaeology, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, and the arts. An integrated theoretical-empirical-applied picture of the field is presented, which stands to inform researchers, students, and practitioners about the issues of relevance across the board when considering the imagination. With each chapter, the nature of human imagination is examined – what it entails, how it evolved, and why it singularly defines us as a species.

    • Written by experts in neuroscience, philosophy, psychology and the arts
    • Supplies a comprehensive and multidisciplinary analysis of human imagination
    • Presents an integrated theoretical-empirical-applied picture of the field of imagination
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    'This edited volume offers a unique combination of neuroscientific, philosophical, psychological, anthropological, and historical perspectives on imagination. All the contributors are acknowledged masters of their respective disciplines, as well as excellent writers to boot, which makes this handbook an indispensable resource for anyone interested in this fascinating subject.' Elkhonon Goldberg, Clinical Professor, New York University School of Medicine

    'This is a fantastic contribution to research on imagination. The activity of imagining is invoked across a large range of otherwise diverse human activities; it's therefore crucial that researchers from different backgrounds talk to each other about it. This book is a rich conversation from which anyone interested in the imagination will learn a lot.' Kathleen Stock, University of Sussex

    'Anna Abraham's 'neurophilosophical' approach cultivates a holistic understanding of imagination across cultures and disciplines. Her five-fold framework provides a space for academic and applied approaches to meet, thereby bringing the 'force of imagination' to centre stage.' Gerald Cupchik, University of Toronto

    'This handbook is an essential resource written by leading experts in their respective fields from across the world. Each chapter showcases a rich and detailed analysis about how the imagination is understood across several disciplines of study, including anthropology, archaeology, medicine, neuroscience, psychology, philosophy and the arts.' Scott Barry Kaufman, University of Pennsylvania

    'No other handbook has collected contributions from philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists of imagination in one place. In doing so, this comprehensive work promises a perspective on the imagination that transcends disciplinary perspectives and boundaries. As such, it will surely be a resource for scholars of imagination for years to come.' Shen-yi Liao, University of Puget Sound, Washington

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    • Date Published: June 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108429245
    • length: 862 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 182 x 43 mm
    • weight: 1.82kg
    • contains: 64 b/w illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Surveying the imagination landscape
    Part I. Theoretical Perspectives on the Imagination:
    2. The evolution of a human imagination
    3. Material imagination: an anthropological perspective
    4. The archaeological imagination
    5. Philosophical perspectives on imagination in the Western tradition
    6. Imagination in classical India: a short introduction
    7. From prediction to imagination
    8. Memory and imagination: perspectives on constructive episodic simulation
    9. Capturing the imagination
    10. A sociocultural perspective on imagination
    11. Artificial intelligence and imagination
    Part II. Imagery-Based Forms of Imagination:
    12. The visual imagination
    13. Musical imagery
    14. Neurophysiological foundations and practical applications of motor imagery
    15. Temporal mental imagery
    16. Emotional mental imagery
    17. Multisensory perception and mental imagery
    18. Evocation: how mental imagery spans across the senses
    Part III. Intentionality-Based Forms of Imagination:
    19. Continuities and discontinuities between imagination and memory: the view from philosophy
    20. Imagining and experiencing the self on cognitive maps
    21. The neuroscience of imaginative thought: an integrative framework
    22. Imagination and self-referential thinking
    23. Imaginary friends: how imaginary minds mimic real life
    24. Imagination and moral cognition
    25. Moral reasoning: a network neuroscience perspective
    26. The future-directed functions of the imagination: from prediction to metaforesight
    Part IV. Novel Combinatorial Forms of Imagination:
    27. On the interaction between episodic and semantic representations: constructing a unified account of imagination
    28. How imagination supports narrative experiences for textual, audiovisual, and interactive narratives
    29. Development of the fantasy-reality distinction
    30. Imagining the real: Buddhist paths to wholeness in Tibet
    31. Hypothetical thinking
    32. The counterfactual imagination: the impact of alternatives to reality on morality
    33. A look back at pioneering theories of the creative brain
    Part V. Phenomenology-Based Forms of Imagination:
    34. Imagination in the philosophy of art
    35. Imagination in aesthetic experience
    36. The arts and human symbolic cognition: art is for social communication
    37. Aesthetic engagement: lessons from art history, neuroscience, and society
    38. Dance and the imagination: be a butterfly!
    39. Imagination, intersubjectivity and a musical therapeutic process: a personal narrative
    Part VI. Altered States of Imagination:
    40. Dreaming beyond imagination and perception
    41. Dreaming is imagination roaming freely, based on embodied simulation, and subserved by an unconstrained default network
    42. Aphantasia
    43. Hypnosis and imagination
    44. Hallucinations and imagination
    45. The psychiatry of imagination
    46. Meditation and imagination
    47. Flow in performance and creative cognition: an optimal state of task-based adaptation
    48. The force of the imagination.

  • Editor

    Anna Abraham, University of Georgia
    Anna Abraham is the E. Paul Torrance Professor of Creativity and Gifted Education, and the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity and Talent Development in the College of Education at the University of Georgia.

    Contributors

    Anna Abraham, Agustín Fuentes, Maria Danae Koukouti, Lambros Malafouris, Michael Shanks, Amy Kind, Chakravarthi Ram-Prasad, Max Jones, Sam Wilkinson, Daniel L. Schacter, Donna Rose Addis, Arne Dietrich, Sandra Zakka, Tania Zittoun, Vlad Glăveanu, Hana Hawlina, Jim Davies, Joel Pearson, Kelly Jakubowski, Aymeric Guillot, Gerardo Viera, Bence Nanay, Simon E. Blackwell, Christopher C. Berger, Ophelia Deroy, Kourken Michaelian, Denis Perrin, André Sant'Anna, Shahar Arzy, Amnon Dafni-Merom, Quentin Raffaelli, Ramsey Wilcox, Jessica Andrews-Hanna, Arnaud D'Argembeau, Paige E. Davis, Giorgio Ganis, Evan D. Anderson, Aron K. Barbey, Adam Bulley, Jonathan Redshaw, Thomas Suddendorf, Muireann Irish, Joshua A. Quinlan, Raymond A. Mar, Jacqueline D. Woolley, Jenny Nissel, Anne Klein, Linden J. Ball, Ruth M. J. Byrne, Rex E. Jung, David Davies, Oshin Vartanian, Dahlia W. Zaidel, Noah Hutton, Julia F. Christensen, Khatereh Borhani, Nigel Osborne, Jennifer M. Windt, G. William Domhoff, Adam Zeman, Devin B. Terhune, David A. Oakley, Daniel Collerton, Elaine Perry, Alan Robert Bowman, Bernard Crespi, Sthaneshwar Timalsina, Örjan de Manzano

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