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date: 12 December 2019

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This chapter discusses how the components of executive function (e.g., working memory, inhibition, shifting/cognitive flexibility) connect with the components of imagination (e.g., pretend play, symbolic thought, imaginary companions). Theoretical perspectives on the relation between executive function (EF) and imagination are reviewed, including Piaget, Vygotsky, Werner and Kaplan, and contemporary theories of pretense. It also reviews the empirical literature addressing bidirectional EF-imagination relations and the implications of the findings for theory, research, and education.

Keywords: imagination, executive function, pretend play, psychological distance, self-regulation

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