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Bergen, Doris – American Journal of Play, 2015
In this survey of the research on psychological approaches to play, the author outlines its various focuses on the similarities and differences in the thinking and behavior of individuals and groups in relation to play and on the environmental factors that influence these. She notes that although psychologists often use standard experimental…
Descriptors: Play, Psychology, Research Methodology, Researchers
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Pellis, Sergio M.; Pellis, Vivien C.; Himmler, Brett T. – American Journal of Play, 2014
Studies of rats and some primates show that rough-and-tumble play among juveniles improves social competence, cognition, and emotional regulation later in life. Most critically, such play makes animals better able to respond to unexpected situations. But not all animals engage in play, and not all animals that play appear to gain these benefits.…
Descriptors: Play, Animals, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Children
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Marks-Tarlow, Terry – American Journal of Play, 2014
A clinical psychologist and consulting psychotherapist discusses how elements of play, inherent in the intuition required in analysis, can provide a cornerstone for serious therapeutic work. She argues that many aspects of play--its key roles in human development, individual growth, and personal creativity, among others--can help therapists and…
Descriptors: Psychotherapy, Play, Intuition, Counseling Techniques
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Chick, Garry; Yarnal, Careen; Purrington, Andrew – American Journal of Play, 2012
The overwhelming majority of play research concerns juveniles. However, a full understanding of the phenomenon requires knowledge of play and playfulness across the life spans of those animals, including humans, who play in adulthood. The authors investigate a theory of play based on Darwin's concept of sexual selection that may account for the…
Descriptors: Females, Play, Males, Children
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Worch, Eric A. – American Journal of Play, 2012
Red colobus monkeys are playful primates, making them an important species in which to study animal play. The author examines play behaviors and responses in the species for its play initiation events, age differences in initiating frequency and initiating behavior, and the types of social play that result from specific initiating behaviors. Out…
Descriptors: Age Differences, Animals, Play, Animal Behavior
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LaFreniere, Peter – American Journal of Play, 2011
Many research findings about animal play apply to children's play, revealing structural and functional similarities with mammals in general and primates in particular. After an introduction to life-history theory, and before turning to humans, the author reviews research about the two mammals in which play has been studied the most extensively:…
Descriptors: Play, Perspective Taking, Child Health, Gender Differences
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Panksepp, Jaak; Burgdorf, Jeffrey – American Journal of Play, 2010
In this reprint of a seminal article, once considered quite controversial, the authors discuss their radical claim that rats laugh. Even more provocative, the authors found that this rat-joy sound, especially evident during play, could be amplified dramatically by what they formally call heterospecific (cross-species) handplay (tickling). The…
Descriptors: Animals, Animal Behavior, Play, Emotional Response
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Siviy, Stephen M. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Most mammals play, but they do so in a dangerous world. The dynamic relationship between the stresses created by their world and the activity of play helps to explain the evolution of play in mammals, as the author demonstrates in evidence garnered from experiments that introduce elements of fear to rats at play. The author describes the resulting…
Descriptors: Brain, Animals, Play, Anxiety
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Pellis, Sergio M.; Pellis, Vivien C.; Bell, Heather C. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Rough-and-tumble play, or play fighting, is common in the young of many mammals. Research on play fighting among rats shows that there are many levels of neural control over this behavior: subcortical mechanisms mediate the motivation and behavior of such play, and the cortex provides mechanisms by which the play changes with age and context. The…
Descriptors: Play, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Child Development, Interpersonal Relationship
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American Journal of Play, 2010
Jaak Panksepp, known best for his work on animal emotions and coining the term "affective neuroscience," investigates the primary processes of brain and mind that enable and drive emotion. As an undergraduate, he briefly considered a career in electrical engineering but turned instead to psychology, which led to a 1969 University of…
Descriptors: Brain, Play, Neurological Organization, Animals
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Burghardt, Gordon M. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Scholars interested in play in humans should take note of the growing literature on play in other species, especially in light of the application of evolutionary approaches to virtually all areas of psychology. Although most research on animal play deals with mammals--particularly rodents, carnivores, and primates--studies have recorded play of…
Descriptors: Play, Brain, Animals, Animal Behavior
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American Journal of Play, 2010
Since 1992 C. J. Rogers has lived with wolves and studied their societies at Raised by Wolves, a licensed, nonprofit research sanctuary situated in a high valley of New Mexico's Zuni Mountains, not far from the Four Corners. Rogers, who has taught at Northeastern Illinois University and Western New Mexico University, holds doctorates in both…
Descriptors: Interviews, Animals, Animal Behavior, Play
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Bekoff, Marc; Pierce, Jessica – American Journal of Play, 2009
This essay challenges science's traditional taboo against anthropomorphizing animals or considering their behavior as indicative of feelings similar to human emotions. In their new book "Wild Justice: The Moral Lives of Animals," the authors argue that anthropomorphism is alive and well, as it should be. Here they describe some…
Descriptors: Play, Animals, Animal Behavior, Emotional Response
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Stuart L. Brown is founder of the National Institute for Play, a California-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to the notion that play can help transform the lives of individuals, families, schools, and organizations. Trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry, and clinical research, Brown was a physician in the United States…
Descriptors: Play, Brain, Child Development, Interviews
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Gee, James Paul – American Journal of Play, 2008
The author builds on arguments he has made elsewhere that good commercial video games foster deep learning and problem solving and that such games in fact promote mastery as a form of play. Here he maintains that some good video games engage players with an important type of play, namely of play as discovery, of play as surmising new possibilities…
Descriptors: Video Games, Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Problem Solving