Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

by Stuart Brown, Christopher Vaughan
     
 

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From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives

We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition,See more details below

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From a leading expert, a groundbreaking book on the science of play, and its essential role in fueling our happiness and intelligence throughout our lives

We've all seen the happiness on the face of a child while playing in the school yard. Or the blissful abandon of a golden retriever racing across a lawn. This is the joy of play. By definition, play is purposeless, all-consuming, and fun. But as Dr. Stuart Brown illustrates, play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. We are designed by nature to flourish through play.

Dr. Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and conducting more than six-thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life-from serial murderers to Nobel Prize winners. Backed by the latest research, Play (20,000 copies in print) explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve and more. Particularly in tough times, we need to play more than ever, as it's the very means by which we prepare for the unexpected, search out new solutions, and remain optimistic. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play, this book proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do.

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Doctor, psychiatrist and public speaker Brown (founder of the National Institute for Play) disagrees with conventional wisdom stating that success depends on keeping your nose to the grindstone. Now 75 years old, Brown condenses decades of first-hand experience and research, cautioning that "play-deficient" lives can burn out adults as well as children; in fact, Brown says, it's serious like a heart attack: "when we lack that feeling of lightness in what we do it should be... as alarming as chest pain." He makes several convincing cases for play's importance: that social play-joking, teasing, flirting-is "the lubrication that allows human society to work and individuals to be close to each other"; that today's college-bound adolescents often lead lives over-structured by parents and teachers, leading to instability and worse (working with "young murderers," he found they were often deprived of "rough-and-tumble play" in childhood); that play "lies at the core of creativity and innovation" for all animal species, especially humans. This close psycho- and sociological examination will yield insights for parents and educators, adults who have a hard time opening up, and anyone else curious about the everyday games people play.
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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101016237
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/05/2009
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
286,232
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
18 Years

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