This book provides a state-of-the-art look at the study of consciousness, which is in the midst of a great renaissance. While honoring Jerome Singer's impressive career, it demonstrates the broad and integrative influence the study of consciousness has across a variety of subdisciplines of psychology--experimental, personality, developmental, social, and clinical. The contributors are pioneers in the study of consciousness and contemporary researchers. This volume is a landmark statement about psychology's understanding of the role of consciousness in affective and cognitive processes, the development of imagination in children, and its application to the practice of psychotherapy.
"The pioneering aspects of Singer's work are remarkable. So is the breadth and influence of his thinking. It is about time that a Festschrift dedicated to him made its appearance. This book, At Play in the Fields of Consciousness, edited by his son Jefferson and his protégé Peter Salovey, is suitably titled and appropriately represents Singer's influence….this book represents a fitting tribute to Jerome L. Singer and provides some good reading besides."
Contents: Preface. Part I: Consciousness and Representation. J.S. Antrobus, Toward a Neurocognitive Processing Model of Imaginal Thought. E. Klinger, Thought Flow: Properties and Mechanisms Underlying Shifts in Content. S. Epstein, The Interpretation of Dreams From the Perspective of Cognitive-Experiential Self-Theory. C.E. Izard, B.P. Ackerman, D. Schultz, Independent Emotions and Consciousness: Self-Consciousness and Dependent Emotions. N.S. Glassman, S.M. Andersen, Streams of Thought About the Self and Significant Others: Transference as the Construction of Interpersonal Meaning. Part II: Cognition and Personality. J.D. Mayer, A Framework for the Study of Individual Differences in Personality Formations. S. Kreitler, Consciousness and Meaning. S. Feshbach, Consciousness Makes a Difference. L.A. Pervin, Cognitive and Affective, Empirical and Clinical Aspects of Problems of Volition. Part III: Consciousness and Personality in Context. G.A. Bonanno, H.I. Siddique, Emotional Dissociation, Self-Deception, and Psychotherapy. M. Horowitz, Modes of Conscious Representation and Their Exploration Through Psychotherapy. D. Morrison, Jack Kerouac: The Pulse of Memory. D.G. Singer, Imaginative Play and Television: Factors in a Child's Development.