This project will focus on recent research examining the mind, imagination, and narrative. It will give special emphasis to findings arising from cognitive neuroscience. Given my personal and professional interests in autism and the imagination, this research will also attend to studies related to understanding the cognitive styles of those on the autism spectrum. In effect, autism offers the prospect of considering ways of knowing and creating that illuminate normative (neurotypical) assumptions about how we make meaning through story and about how we define the imagination. Thus, it offers the potential to expand definitions along a spectrum of possibilities.