The Meaning of Make-Believe

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Science  06 Apr 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5514, pp. 57
DOI: 10.1126/science.1060034

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The Work of the Imagination. Paul L. Harris. Blackwell, Oxford, 2000. 234 pp. $59.95, £50. ISBN 0-631-21885-8. Paper, $26.95, £14.99. ISBN 0-631-21886-6.

Refuting long-held views that the fantasies of children reflect primitive and irrational thought, Harris explores how imagination contributes to cognitive and emotional development.