COGST 4470

COGST 4470

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2018-2019.

Imagination is a core feature of human cognition, and the study of human imagination possibly one of the broadest and least unified topics in psychological science. This course, drawing on readings from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, developmental psychology, and philosophy, is for anyone interested in understanding the psychology of imagination as it functions in everyday thought and action. Topics covered: counterfactual and future thinking, mind-wandering, creativity, children's imaginary friends, pretense, and fantasy, imagination in clinical populations, and imaginations in social life (relationships, organizations, social identity).

  • Being able to think critically and deeply about interdisciplinary topics in the social and cognitive sciences.
  • Being able to pointing out key issues and central themes while reading.
  • Seeing gaps in your knowledge, and feeling comfortable seeking information to fill them.
  • Identifying unsolved scientific problems and suggesting ways those problems can be addressed empirically.
  • Knowing how theory relates to evidence.

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  • 18119 COGST 4470   SEM 101