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The Nature of Imaginative Cognition
Dr. Deena Skolnick Weisberg
Thursday, September 25, 2008, 12:00pm - 07:00pm
Rutgers University, Department of Psychology
As children learn about the world around them, they gather a great deal of evidence from their senses -- how things look, sound, and feel. But children can also interact with world representationally, not just physically. They can get outside of their own egocentric perspectives to imagine the content of others minds, the possible results of their own or others actions, and the events and entities in pretend and ﬁctional scenarios. Indeed, many aspects of their cognitive lives in development and adults' cognitive lives at maturity depend on the ability to mentally represent more than just the physical world of the senses. In this talk, I explore two aspects of children's and adults' interactions with non-real representations: the organization of multiple possible worlds and the ways in which information flows across the reality/fantasy boundary.