"What Is Imagination?" on January 15, 2020!

January 15, 2020

"What is Imagination?" An ImaginationUCSD Discussion

Janurary 15, 2020


Roth Auditorium

Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine

Free and open to the public; RSVP Here


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Join us for an evening of discussion to illuminate what imagination itself is and how we advance our understanding of its powerful role in human life and culture. While exciting new research is illuminating aspects of how imagination functions—neurologically, cognitively, and socially—at times even defining the term "imagination" changes depending on the context. For some, imagination simply means the ability to produce mental images. For others, it is our capacity to think of things not present but real—to project into future scenarios or review events from the past via "mental time travel." But imagination also plays an essential part in thinking of things that have never been and may never be, underlying creativity and, according to some, our ability to think anything at all, as well as encompassing non-rational operations of the mind.

Over the course of this evening, Clarke Center–affiliated faculty from neuroscience, psychology, philosophy, cognitive science and linguistics will share insights from their research, debate these differing definitions for “imagination,” and suggest future directions for imagination studies.

Panelists include:

• Lera Boroditsky (Professor of Cognitive Science; Editor in Chief of Frontiers in Cultural Psychology)

• Leanne Chukoskie (Associate Director for the Research on Autism and Development Laboratory; Director of the Power of NeuroGaming (PoNG) Center)

• Adena Schachner (Professor, Psychology; Director, Mind and Development Lab)

• Clinton Tolley (Professor, Philosophy; Mexican Philosophy Lab)

• Erik Viirre (Professor, Neurosciences; Director, Clarke Center)

A reception and light refreshments will follow.


Ample parking is available immediately adjacent to the Sanford Consortium for Regenerative Medicine (see map). After 5pm, a parking permit ($1.50/hr) is required and can be purchased from the pay station at the base of the stairs below Bella Vista Caffe. Roth Auditorium is up the stairs and behind Bella Vista.


Contact us info@imagination.ucsd.edu