Discovering the Imaginative Mind
The Professorial Inaugural Lecture by Professor Anna Abraham
Think of the last time you caught yourself daydreaming or the time you watched someone and wondered what they were contemplating. Think of the last song you couldn’t get out of your head or the time you composed new lyrics to a tune. Think of the future and what your life might be like five years from now or about the fantasy world you discovered while reading a novel. In all of these situations, you will have drawn on the powers of your incredible imagination to go beyond what your eyes are seeing and your ears are hearing.
Considering how central the imagination is to our everyday lives, surprisingly little is known about the workings of this amazing capacity that exists within each of us. Exploring a selection of themes this lecture will provide a snapshot of the advances instrumental in uncovering core attributes of the imaginative mind.
Anna Abraham is Professor of Psychology in the School of Social Sciences, where she is also the Director of the Centre for Psychological Research
This lecture is part of Leeds Beckett University's Professorial Inaugural Lecture Series.