It is frequently claimed in both popular writings (e.g., Mander, 1978; Winn, 1985) and the scientific literature (e.g., Greenfield, 1984; J. L. Singer, Singer, & Rapaczynski, 1984a)
that TV viewing hinders the development of imagination. However, what exactly is meant by the word imagination in this respect often remains unclear. Most authors leave the concept undefined,
and the definitions that have been given are not uniform. Moreover, a number of closely related terms that are in use (e.g., fantasy, daydreaming, imaginal skills, imaginativeness,
creative imagination, and creativity) are sometimes used as synonyms for imagination and sometimes to refer to something else.
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