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. http://www.rd.com/advice/parenting/encourage-your-childs-imagination/

""Despite less play, children's use of imagination increases over two decades." ScienceDaily. May 30, 2012. Case Western Reserve University. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/05/120530133720.htm?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=despite-less-play-childrens-use-of-imagination-increases-over-two-decades

"Imaginative children more prone to anxiety." The British Psychological Association. Feb. 17, 2012. http://www.bps.org.uk/news/imaginative-children-more-prone-anxiety

"Imagination in autism and the irony of treatment" by Jonathan Alderson. July 02, 2011. http://www.jalderson.com/imagination-autism-irony-treatment/

"Media and the Make-Believe Worlds of Children." http://www.br-online.de/jugend/izi/english/research/e_fanta.htm

"The Importance of Imagination." Childtime. http://www.childtime.com/parent-resources/parenting-articles/the-importance-of-imagination/

"The Overprotected Kid" by Hanna Rosin. March 19, 2014. The Atlantic. http://www.theatlantic.com/features/archive/2014/03/hey-parents-leave-those-kids-alone/358631/

"The Power of a Child's Imagination: Caine's Arcade" by Margarita Tartakovsky. May 24, 2012. PsychCentral. http://psychcentral.com/blog/archives/2012/09/08/the-power-of-a-childs-imagination-caines-arcade/

"The Power of Magical Thinking" by Shirley S. Wang. Dec. 22, 2008. The Wall Street Journal. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052748703344704574610002061841322

"The Real Reason Children Love Fantasy" by Allison Gopnik. Dec. 20, 2005. Slate. http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/culturebox/2005/12/the_real_reason_children_love_fantasy.html

"The work of the imagination. Understanding children's worlds." by Paul L. Harris. 2000. Blackwell Publishing. http://psycnet.apa.org/psycinfo/2000-16798-000

Academic insights:

"Creativity and imagination in autism and Asperger syndrome" by J. Craig and S. Baron-Cohen. 1999. Journal of Autism Developmental Disorders. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10478731

"Imagination and Creativity in Childhood" by Lev Semenovich Vygotsky. January - February 2004. Journal of Russian and East European Psychology. http://lchc.ucsd.edu/mca/Mail/xmcamail.2008_03.dir/att-0189/Vygotsky__Imag___Creat_in_Childhood.pdf

"The Oxford Handbook of the Development of Imagination" by Marjorie Taylor. April 02, 2013. Oxford University Press. http://books.google.com/books?id=PglpAgAAQBAJ&dq=children+imagination+psychology&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"The psychology of childhood" by Naomi Norsworthy and Mary Theodora Whiteley. 1922. Macmillan. http://books.google.com/books?id=WBVVAAAAMAAJ&dq=children%27s+imagination+more+intense+than+adults&source=gbs_navlinks_s

"Thinking about Fantasy: Are Children Fundamentally Different Thinkers and Believers From Adults?" by Jacqueline D. Woolley. December 1997. Child Development. http://homepage.psy.utexas.edu/HomePage/Class/Psy394N/Woolley/13%20Apr%2018%20Fantasy%20Reality%20Distinction/Woolley,%201997.pdf

Topics in this Podcast: children, autism