Imagining and believing: The promise of a single code

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Shaun Nichols
University of Arizona
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Recent cognitive accounts of the imagination propose that imagining and believing are in the same “code”. According to the single code hypothesis, cognitive mechanisms that can take input from both imagining and from believing will process imagination-based inputs (“pretense representations”) and isomorphic beliefs in much the same way. In this paper, I argue that the single code hypothesis provides a unified and independently motivated explanation for a wide range of puzzles surrounding fiction.
Keywords Aesthetics  Emotion  Fiction  Imagination  Resistance
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DOI 10.1111/j.1540-594X.2004.00146.x
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