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date: 19 January 2020

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The goal of this book is to bring together developmental work on a broad range of topics related to the development of imagination—defined as the capacity to mentally transcend time, place, and/or circumstance. Chapter 1 summarizes some of the main points of each chapter and discusses some of the variations in the authors' perspectives on imagination. Overall, there is considerable agreement in conceptualizing imagination as a multifaceted capacity that emerges early, develops substantially during the preschool years, is linked with an understanding of reality, and continues to be fundamental to human thought throughout life.

Keywords: clinical, comparative psychology, counterfactuals, creativity, fantasy—reality distinctions, imagination, narrative, mental time travel, pretend play

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