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