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The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions - Episode 2

6d ago


Ask a child with an imaginary companion if their pretend friend is real, and often they'll tell you, "I just made them up!" Of course, moments later they'll regale you with stories of the latest adventures with their companion with the utmost conviction. In the second episode of The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions, a trip into the lab of developmental psychologist Jaqueline Woolley reveals how children can become so enamored of their pretend friends that they blur the lines between reality and fantasy. Woolley also investigates whether a child's orientation toward fantasy play has ties to real-world creativity. Produced by Science Friday with generous support from the John Templeton Foundation Produced, directed, and narrated by Luke Groskin Filmed by Katie Graham, Luke Groskin and Patrick Pelham Editor by Erika Sutter Animations by Gabe Darling and Candice Aquino Music by Audio Network "Fairy Godmother" voiced by Annie Nero Additional footage provided by, A Lost World (1925), Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Special Thanks to Danielle Dana, Jennifer Fenwick, Becky Geer, Tracy Gleason, Elizabeth Delucia Landon, Alex Riviello, Jenny Shalant, Christian Skotte, Marjorie Taylor, and Jacqueline Woolley.