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.

Here’s what some of my students had to say at the end of the term:

  • “Kevin was approachable and knowledgeable about the content of this course! I loved how he would comment on our creative posts to engage with us”
  • “Super supportive in every aspect and offered great insights during our class discussions, challenged us, and also really helpful for giving paper feedback!”
  • “I loved how Kevin brought in a different perspective to the class with his neuroscience background. He really did a good job at helping to teach the material”
  • “He was good at integrating his own knowledge to the topics we covered, made comments to help encourage new ways of thinking about the material, and was overall very kind when it came to potential issues that may have come up during the course”