Word Rummage

January 12, 2011

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Date: January 12, 2011

Word:  Imagination

Merriam-Webster Definition:
1: the act or power of forming a mental image of something not present to the senses or never before wholly perceived in reality
2a : creative ability b : ability to confront and deal with a problem : resourcefulness c : the thinking or active mind : interest
3a : a creation of the mind; especially : an idealized or poetic creation b : fanciful or empty assumption


Related Research:

An article in the Wall Street Journal* discusses the importance of imagination in children, pointing out that the imagination helps children understand the realities of this world and the future of their lives. If you think about it, this makes sense. How else can you describe what happened to a loved one who recently died? Or explain why some people cannot afford a home or food?

Another interesting point from the article: You may need imagination to comprehend God.

But why do kids seem more imaginative than adults? An article on ScienceDaily.com** indicates that as an adult’s memory fades, his or her ability to imagine future events diminishes. This is because an adult needs to draw on past events to create possibilities for future ones.

So I ask you, how do you cultivate your imagination? 

References (in order of appearance):
Wang, Shirley. “The Power of Magical Thinking: Research Shows the Importance of Imagination in Children’s Cognitive Development,” Wall Street Journal, December 22, 2009, http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703344704574610002061841322.html
“Lack of Imagination in Older Adults Linked to Declining Memory,” ScienceDaily, January 8, 2008, http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/01/080107110352.htm


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