Imagination Celebration

To celebrate World Children's Day, Cristen and Caroline explore the science of children's vivid imaginations and why our imaginations fade as we age.

Episode sources:

"5 Benefits of Encouraging Your Child's Imagination." Reader's Digest.

""Despite less play, children's use of imagination increases over two decades." ScienceDaily. May 30, 2012. Case Western Reserve University.

"Imaginative children more prone to anxiety." The British Psychological Association. Feb. 17, 2012.

"Imagination in autism and the irony of treatment" by Jonathan Alderson. July 02, 2011.

"Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children."

"The Importance of Imagination." Childtime.

"The Overprotected Kid" by Hanna Rosin. March 19, 2014. The Atlantic.

"The Power of a Child's Imagination: Caine's Arcade" by Margarita Tartakovsky. May 24, 2012. PsychCentral.

"The Power of Magical Thinking" by Shirley S. Wang. Dec. 22, 2008. The Wall Street Journal.

"The Real Reason Children Love Fantasy" by Allison Gopnik. Dec. 20, 2005. Slate.

"The work of the imagination. Understanding children's worlds." by Paul L. Harris. 2000. Blackwell Publishing.

Academic insights:

"Creativity and imagination in autism and Asperger syndrome" by J. Craig and S. Baron-Cohen. 1999. Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders.

"Imagination and Creativity in Childhood" by Lev Semenovich Vygotsky. January - February 2004. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology.

"The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination" by Marjorie Taylor. April 02, 2013. Oxford University Press.

"The psychology of childhood" by Naomi Norsworthy and Mary Theodora Whiteley. 1922. Macmillan.

"Thinking about Fantasy: Are Children Fundamentally Different Thinkers and Believers From Adults?" by Jacqueline D. Woolley. December 1997. Child Development.,%201997.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: children, autism