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Play

How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
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Penguin
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April, 2010
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9781583333785
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What makes us innovate, problem-solve, and be smart, happy, resilient human beings? Our ability to play. By definition, play is purposeless and all-consuming. And, most important, it’s fun. But as psychiatrist Stuart Brown illustrates: play is anything but trivial. It is a biological drive as integral to our health as sleep or nutrition. In fact, our ability to play throughout life is the single most important factor in determining our success and happiness.

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: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul explains why play is essential to our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity, ability to problem solve, and more. Brown 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. Play is hardwired into our brains—it is the mechanism by which we become resilient, smart, and adaptable people.

Beyond play’s role in our personal fulfillment, its benefits have profound implications for child development and the way we parent, education and social policy, business innovation, productivity, and even the future of our society. Brown provides a sweeping look at the latest breakthroughs in our understanding of the importance of this behavior. Play is a fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play.

Publisher’s Description: 

A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories, this work reveals the science of play and its essential role in fueling happiness and intelligence throughout one's lifetime.

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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