Psychology of Imagination

Undergraduate course, Duke University, 2021

For my last teaching assistantship at Duke, I had the opportunity of TAing a seminar course entitled Psychology of Imagination taught by Dr. Tamar Kushnir. Every week, we read a few papers on a different facet of imagination (e.g., remembering, counterfactual thinking, pretend play in children), the students wrote short blog posts about their reactions to the readings, and finally we discussed the studies and findings in class. The most exciting part was helping students with term papers that they worked on through the semester, in which they independently researched a subtopic on imagination, integrated that research into a novel thesis, and talked about the implications of their views. Overall, this was a fantastic class in which I could lead discussions, share my own research on imagination, and help students find their own paths.