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Imagination, Creativity, and Play: What Are Their Connections with Mind Wandering and Mindfulness?

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It is always timely to ask what is our scientific understanding of imagination, creativity and play. Questions about these processes have been at the core of research in human development since the advent of scientific psychology. And yet, whereas there is agreement of their importance, educational practice has had difficulties in engaging imagination, creativity and play in teaching and learning. Play is not commonly practiced at school. Imagination and creativity, although valued, are not allocated much real instructional time.

During the 21st century, scientific research on mind wandering and mindfulness has improved our understanding of how our attentional dispositions and states relate to imagining, creating and playing. By focusing on mind wandering and mindfulness, we think we can address most general issues pertaining to the schooling process as well and how it engages imagination, creativity and play in teaching as well as in learning. In so doing, we believe we can gain a larger understanding of how the processes related to formal learning impact cognitive development, emotion regulation and psychological well being.

Thus, the purpose of this Research Topic is to produce a collection of recent papers on imagination, creativity and play, focusing on their relationship with mind wandering and mindfulness. Attention management and emotion regulation are among the most challenging processes children and young people have to engage in when studying. We believe that research on mind wandering and mindfulness is informative of how attention management and emotion regulation can be put at the service not only of teaching and learning school subject matters but also of developing imagination and creativity. They can also be informative of ways of expanding teachers repertoire to include play as a regular school activity. Last but not least, they can shed light on the elusive relationship between the learning process and psychological well being.

We have adopted a broad scope to build this Research Topic, so we will welcome all type of contributions that help us to increase our understanding of how educational practice can engage imagination, creativity and play, across the full schooling process, from preschool to high school. We are interested in papers dealing with the education of human attention and emotion regulation in teaching and learning, with a special interest on research on mind wandering, mindfulness as well as metacognition and meta-awareness. Both theoretical and empirical pieces will be welcomed.


Keywords: imagination, creativity, play, mind wandering, mindfulness


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

It is always timely to ask what is our scientific understanding of imagination, creativity and play. Questions about these processes have been at the core of research in human development since the advent of scientific psychology. And yet, whereas there is agreement of their importance, educational practice has had difficulties in engaging imagination, creativity and play in teaching and learning. Play is not commonly practiced at school. Imagination and creativity, although valued, are not allocated much real instructional time.

During the 21st century, scientific research on mind wandering and mindfulness has improved our understanding of how our attentional dispositions and states relate to imagining, creating and playing. By focusing on mind wandering and mindfulness, we think we can address most general issues pertaining to the schooling process as well and how it engages imagination, creativity and play in teaching as well as in learning. In so doing, we believe we can gain a larger understanding of how the processes related to formal learning impact cognitive development, emotion regulation and psychological well being.

Thus, the purpose of this Research Topic is to produce a collection of recent papers on imagination, creativity and play, focusing on their relationship with mind wandering and mindfulness. Attention management and emotion regulation are among the most challenging processes children and young people have to engage in when studying. We believe that research on mind wandering and mindfulness is informative of how attention management and emotion regulation can be put at the service not only of teaching and learning school subject matters but also of developing imagination and creativity. They can also be informative of ways of expanding teachers repertoire to include play as a regular school activity. Last but not least, they can shed light on the elusive relationship between the learning process and psychological well being.

We have adopted a broad scope to build this Research Topic, so we will welcome all type of contributions that help us to increase our understanding of how educational practice can engage imagination, creativity and play, across the full schooling process, from preschool to high school. We are interested in papers dealing with the education of human attention and emotion regulation in teaching and learning, with a special interest on research on mind wandering, mindfulness as well as metacognition and meta-awareness. Both theoretical and empirical pieces will be welcomed.


Keywords: imagination, creativity, play, mind wandering, mindfulness


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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31 March 2021 Abstract
31 August 2021 Manuscript

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31 August 2021 Manuscript

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