Why Imagination Matters in Childhood
What happens in our early childhood has a lot to do with how we develop as humans. Dr. Paul Harris researches the role the imagination plays in helping children grow into healthy adolescents. He says we tend to think of the imagination as something divorced from reality, when in fact it is deeply intertwined with how we determine reality from fantasy.
Even still, the brain can be rewired. Neuroscientist Dr. Gary Small has investigated the ways in which our brains are being remapped through technology. Occupational therapist Cris Rowan sees this on a daily basis on the ground. She helps families break free from their technology and reconnect with reality...and their imaginations.
- Dr. Paul Harris is a professor of education at Harvard interested in the early development of cognition, emotion, and imagination.
- Dr. Gary Small is a neuroscientist out of UCLA and the author of many books including iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.
- Cris Rowan is an occupational therapist who has created a series of workshops to help families disengage from technology and connect (or reconnect) with each other.