Play

How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Brown, Stuart L.

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Read Stuart Brown's posts on the Penguin Blog. 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.

Publisher: New York : Avery, c2009
ISBN: 9781583333785
9781583333334
1583333339
Branch Call Number: 155 B879p 2009
Characteristics: 229 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm
Additional Contributors: Vaughan, Christopher C. 1961-

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While this books is not strictly about early childhood, it proves why play just might be the most important work we can ever do. A fascinating blend of cutting-edge neuroscience, biology, psychology, social science, and inspiring human stories of the transformative power of play.


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Feb 22, 2015
  • Negin9 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Amazing book! Gave me a new perspective on play. How it has helped us evolve and how it should be included in our daily lives so we can thrive.

Jun 12, 2012
  • SCL_EarlyYears rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What enables us to innovate, problem-solve and be happy, smart, resilient human beings? Our ability to play! From the book, "The brain can keep developing long after we leave adolescence and play promotes that growth."

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