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Hardcover | $8.75 Short | £6.95 | ISBN: 9780262025843 | 268 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 4 illus.| June 2005
Paperback | $21.00 Short | £15.95 | ISBN: 9780262524742 | 268 pp. | 6 x 9 in | 4 illus.| January 2007
eBook | $15.00 Short | ISBN: 9780262254656 | 268 pp. | 4 illus.| January 2007

The Rational Imagination

How People Create Alternatives to Reality


“In this lucid and beautifully written book Byrne builds a sturdy bridge between the theories of counterfactual thought and inferential reasoning. The integrated treatment that she proposes is a major contribution to both fields.”
Daniel Kahneman, Princeton University, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences (2002)
“This is a wonderdful and brilliant book. Bryne draws connections to many aspects of cognition, but also to social psychology, differential psychology, evolutionary psychology, and clinical psychology. The book shows great breadth of imagination at the same time that it shows rigorous attention to the details of experimental designs.This is a terrific book-- I really enjoyed reading it.”
Robert J. Sternberg, IBM Professor of Psychology and Education, and the Director of the PACE Center, Yale University
“'Knowing what I now know I would still have authorized the President to go to war'—John Kerry. If you want to understand why such conditionals matter then you should read this book. It brings together an account of rationality and creativity to present a unique and powerful theory of how we think about alternatives to reality.”
Philip N. Johnson-Laird , Stuart Professor of Psychology, Princeton University