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Communication, Culture & Critique, ISSN: 1753-9129, Vol: 10, Issue: 1, Page: 1-1

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Laurie Ouellette, Sarah Banet-Weiser
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In the current issue of our journal, we find further evidence of the international research interest in imagination and ongoing conscious thought. Our first contribution by Jonathan Smallwood and his collaborators addresses the links between ruminative thought, dysphoric mood, and task focus. We follow with another experimental contribution submitted by Torsten Norlander and collaborators that deals with the ways in which different restricted environmental stimulation methods can influence realistic or creative forms of thought. From these more laboratory-based studies we turn to quite another approach to an unusual form of thought, the experience of fiction writers that their "characters" have a kind of independent agency. Marjorie Taylor and her associates have interviewed 50 writers about their empathic and dissociative tendencies and their memories of having imaginary playmates in childhood. Finally we move to still another methodology in a study by Stuart Fischoff and collaborators. These investigators addressed the intriguing question of why and in what forms movie monsters or grisly creatures appeal to a representative sample of over 1000 adults. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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