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Handbook of Imagination and Mental Simulation

Edited by: Keith D. Markman , William M. P. Klein , Julie A. Suhr

Print publication date:  December  2008
Online publication date:  September  2012

Print ISBN: 9781841698878
eBook ISBN: 9780203809846
Adobe ISBN: 9781136678103

10.4324/9780203809846
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Over the past thirty years, and particularly within the last ten years, researchers in the areas of social psychology, cognitive psychology, clinical psychology, and neuroscience have been examining fascinating questions regarding the nature of imagination and mental simulation – the imagination and generation of alternative realities. Some of these researchers have focused on the specific processes that occur in the brain when an individual is mentally simulating an action or forming a mental image, whereas others have focused on the consequences of mental simulation processes for affect, cognition, motivation, and behavior.

This Handbook provides a novel and stimulating integration of work on imagination and mental simulation from a variety of perspectives. It is the first broad-based volume to integrate specific sub-areas such as mental imagery, imagination, thought flow, narrative transportation, fantasizing, and counterfactual thinking, which have, until now, been treated by researchers as disparate and orthogonal lines of inquiry. As such, the volume enlightens psychologists to the notion that a wide-range of mental simulation phenomena may actually share a commonality of underlying processes.

Table of contents

Chapter  1:  Action Representation and Its Role in Social Interaction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Expertise and the Mental Simulation of Action Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Mental Imagery and Implicit Memory Download PDF
Chapter  4:  “Thou Shalt Not Make Unto Thee Any Graven Image”: The Distance Dependence of Representation Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Implementation Intentions: The Mental Representations and Cognitive Procedures of If-Then Planning Download PDF
Chapter  6:  False Memories: The Role of Plausibility and Autobiographical Belief Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Hypnosis and Memory: From Bernheim to the Present Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Episodic Future Thought: Remembering the Past to Imagine the Future Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Temporally Asymmetric Constraints on Mental Simulation: Retrospection Is More Constrained Than Prospection Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Cognitive Processes in Counterfactual Thinking Download PDF
Chapter  11:  The Counterfactual Mind-Set: A Decade of Research Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Counterfactual Thinking: Function and Dysfunction Download PDF
Chapter  13:  It's Hard to Imagine: Mental Simulation, Metacognitive Experiences, and the Success of Debiasing Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Children's Imaginary Companions: What is it Like to Have an Invisible Friend? Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Daydreaming and Fantasizing: Thought Flow and Motivation Download PDF
Chapter  16:  16 Simulated Worlds: Transportation Into Narratives Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Happiness of the Fish: Evidence for a Common Theory of One's Own and Others' Actions Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Two Forms of Perspective Taking: Imagining How Another Feels and Imagining How You Would Feel Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Making It Up and Making Do: Simulation, Imagination, and Empathic Accuracy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Perspective Taking: Misstepping Into Others' Shoes Download PDF
Chapter  21:  Imagining a Rosy Future: The Psychology of Optimism Download PDF
Chapter  22:  On the Excessive Rationality of the Emotional Imagination: A Two-Systems Account of Affective Forecasts and Experiences Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Subjective Proximity of Future Selves: Implications for Current Identity, Future Appraisal, and Coal Pursuit Motivation Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Seeing the Links Among the Personal Past, Present, and Future: How Imagery Perspective in Mental Simulation Functions in Defining the Temporally Extended Self Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Possible Selves: From Content to Process Download PDF
Chapter  26:  Mental Contrasting of the Future and Reality to Master Negative Feedback Download PDF
Chapter  27:  On the Consequences of Mentally Simulating Future Foregone Outcomes: A Regret Regulation Perspective Download PDF
Chapter  28:  Preparedness, Mental Simulations, and Future Outlooks Download PDF
Premis Download PDF
Author_Index Download PDF
Subject_Index Download PDF
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