How Do We Tell Reality From Fiction? (Virtual Historical Interpretation – Online Zoom)

Event details

  • Monday | December 14, 2020
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Virtual event - Zoom online
  • 803-728-7056

Cost: Free

How Do We Tell Reality From Fiction?

Our ability to tell apart reality from fiction is one that we take for granted in our day-to-day lives. Through novels, movies and other mediums, we are able delve into fictional worlds and experience a wide range of multiple alternate realities. The curious thing is that even when we are fully absorbed and emotionally changed within these worlds, we are readily able to leave these fictional realms and getting back to the day-to-day of our own world. How are we able to do this? This virtual talk explores how human beings develop an understanding of the reality/fiction distinction.

Please register for this Zoom event HERE. Register early since enrollment is limited.

The Athens Chautauqua Society relies on the generous support of donors to sustain and enhance our programs. For more information, please visit Athens Chautauqua Society.

Year end “bonus program” — Free virtual talk on Zoom.


This event is sponsored by Athens Chautauqua in collaboration with Greenville Chautauqua.

Anna Abraham, Ph.D. is the E. Paul Torrance Professor for Creativity & Gifted Education and the Director of the Torrance Center for Creativity & Talent Development, Mary Frances Early College of Education at The University of Georgia. She investigates the psychological and neural underpinnings of creativity and other aspects of the human imagination including the reality-fiction distinction, mental time travel, self-referential thinking and mental state reasoning.

Dr Abraham’s educational and professional training has been within the disciplines of psychology and neuroscience in several academic institutions and a diverse range of departments across the world. Her recent works include The Neuroscience of Creativity (2018) and The Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination (2020).