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Why Imagination Matters in Childhood

Aug 5, 2014

Technology can rewire your brain.
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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.