An app under development promises to improve creativity and nurture the imagination. The app is the work of Sophie von Stumm, director of the Hungry Mind Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose initiative is one of 16 proposals that have been selected through a grant competition from the Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.
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Might the way we see be intimately linked to our imaginings of the future? Could memory be not a storehouse of past stories but a hope chest of possibilities? Can emotion offer guidance, or knowledge make predictions? These are some of the questions addressed by the new science of Prospective Psychology, a field that aims to facilitate a change in the course of social science by moving prospection to the center of research on human action.
“When the imagination sleeps, words are emptied of their meaning,” reflected writer and Nobel laureate Albert Camus. But what is the imagination? Is it sheer fantasy, or might it be crucial to engaging with life and exploring the world? How might it relate to dreaming, to personal development or mental flexibility? And what scientific information is needed to understand how imagination functions and grows?