In this article on The Conversation, Valerie van Mulukom of Coventry University explains the science behind how different types of imagination fuel creativity. We love the idea that we can feed different ways of thinking through play, practice and experience.
Whether you get mesmerised by Vincent van Gogh’s painting The Starry Night or Albert Einstein’s theories about spacetime, you’ll probably agree that both pieces of work are products of mindblowing creativity. Imagination is what propels us forward as a species – it expands our worlds and brings us new ideas, inventions and discoveries.
The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imaginationAlbert Einstein
But why do we seem to differ so dramatically in our ability to imagine? And can you train yourself to become more imaginative? Science has come up with some answers, based on three different but interlinked types of imagination.