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Is imagination a child's superpower?

Every week the Nuclear Energy Information Center in Krasnoyarsk operates as an open platform for science lovers of all ages. Research-intern of our laboratory Angelina Ostroverkh took part in the work of the site and held a popular science lecture on imagination and the development of cognitive abilities.

Following questions were discussed during the event: the ability to manage one's own knowledge and the means of using this information in order to solve problems effectively. Special attention was paid to the issue of the importance of imagination in the context of education in general which helps preschoolers in learning abstract thinking. Angelina spoke about a joint project with colleagues from Sabanci University (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Siberian Federal University and laboratory experiments aimed at studying the types of imagination. At the end of the lecture, the issues of game's influence on children's development and the questions of imagination's use in the process of separation child's own perception of the reality from the ideas of other people were discussed.