Pace University & Yale University; University Paris Descartes
The goal of this project is twofold: 1) to develop a tablet-based measure of imagination that captures multiple facets of this ability (e.g., resources involved in evoking the past, anticipating the future, or combining elements creatively) and 2) to develop a training program that targets these facets of imagination in users immersed in situations involving virtual fantasy worlds and simulated reality experiences. This training program will be tailored to a person’s areas of needs, as outlined by the multidimensional measure of imagination.
Baptiste Barbot, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Quantitative Methods in the Department of Psychology at Pace University, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Yale University, Child Study Center. He received his Ph.D. from Paris Descartes University in 2008 after which he worked as a postdoctoral associate and research scientist at the Yale Child Study Center. His research focuses on creativity and creative thinking development in adolescence (in various domains including music, writing and visual arts), in relation to identity formation (thinking processes involved in identity formation, self-concepts and personality development, personal expressiveness and individuation) among adolescents from community samples and juvenile involved with the juvenile justice system. He was funded by the Spencer Foundation to conduct a large longitudinal research on this issue. He also has strong interest in psychological and educational measurement, and the application of new methods to study and model change and development.
Franck Zenasni, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Differential Psychology at the Université Paris Descartes. After defending his dissertation examining the links between emotion and creativity, he was postdoctoral researcher at the Institut Gustave Roussy in psycho-oncology (2002-2006) where he examined the impact of treatment on the quality of life of patients in light of the doctor-patient relationships. He then received funding from the Foundation of France to study the academic skills and specific emotional and creative abilities of gifted individuals (children and adolescents and adults). Since 2009, he is conducting his research within the LATI at the Psychology Institute of Paris-Descartes University. His researches focus on (1) creativity (2) emotional intelligence, emotional traits and affective style at work and in creativity (3) definition and description of applied empathy.