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Wright, J. Talmadge; Embrick, David G. – American Journal of Play, 2018
Computer game play has been criticized for disrupting family life by some who claim digital fantasy play alienates individuals from everyday interactions, even as others hold that such play increases sociability among players and their families. The authors argue that the truth about game play is more complex. They draw on research using…
Descriptors: Family Relationship, Role Playing, Computer Games, Criticism
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Marks-Tarlow, Terry – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author employs neurobiology to help explore deception in nature and self-deception in human beings. She examines activities that may appear playful but that lack such hallmark qualities of play as equality, mutual pleasure, and voluntarism and that can, therefore, prove psychologically destructive. She warns that the kind of playful…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Deception, Play, Parent Child Relationship
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Katehakis, Alexandra – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author looks at the psychology of sexuality and its origins in the brain's cortex. She discusses how the cues for desire sometimes overshadow mere physiological cues and how they may be healthy or unhealthy. She argues that understanding the intricate neurochemical and neurostructural workings of the mind and the central and autonomic nervous…
Descriptors: Psychology, Sexuality, Brain, Fantasy
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Berk, Laura E.; Meyers, Adena B. – American Journal of Play, 2013
The authors discuss the association between make-believe play and the development of executive-function (EF) skills in young children. Some forty years ago, Lev S. Vygotsky first proposed that make-believe fosters the development of symbolic thought and self-regulation. Since then, a small body of research has produced evidence of an association…
Descriptors: Play, Executive Function, Young Children, Child Development
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Lillard, Angeline S. – American Journal of Play, 2013
Although Montessori education is often considered a form of playful learning, Maria Montessori herself spoke negatively about a major component of playful learning--pretend play, or fantasy--for young children. In this essay, the author discusses this apparent contradiction: how and why Montessori education includes elements of playful learning…
Descriptors: Play, Montessori Method, Fantasy, Outcomes of Education
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Graham, Kerrie Lewis – American Journal of Play, 2010
Millions of children and adults devote much of their leisure time to playing massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPGs). Most observers commonly categorize computer games as a play activity, but this article asks whether MMORPGs contain activities that might not be play. The author examines the phenomenon of online gaming and…
Descriptors: Computer Games, Computer Simulation, Role Playing, Play
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Bongartz, Christiane; Richey, Esther Gilman – American Journal of Play, 2010
The authors use Noam Chomsky's theories about generative grammar to discuss the notion of linguistic creativity they believe lies at the core of storytelling as Salman Rushdie pictures it in his novel, "Haroun and the Sea of Stories." The production of meaning through the use of narrative helps explain the rules of the literary game,…
Descriptors: Play, Theories, Creativity, Story Telling
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West, Mark I. – American Journal of Play, 2010
Like many a modern play theorist, both Mark Twain and Walt Disney were enchanted by the way children act out stories, in particular pirate tales. For both Twain and Disney, this fascination grew out of their small-town, midwestern boyhoods, where avid reading and fantasy play helped stave off boredom and fill emotional gaps for both of them. Even…
Descriptors: Play, Authors, Fantasy, Imagination
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Gargano, Elizabeth – American Journal of Play, 2010
The author contends that reading some narratives of make-believe can become for many children the ultimate form of fantasy play, providing them with a sense of control absent in their real world. She employs terms from French structuralist critic GĂ©rard Genette, from Austrian child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim, and from English pediatrician D. W.…
Descriptors: Imagination, Play, Fantasy, Childrens Literature
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Forman-Brunell, Miriam; Eaton, Julie – American Journal of Play, 2009
The authors investigate the nearly ubiquitous cultural icon for girls' play, the princess. They survey historical instances of princess play from the beginning of the American republic to the New Millennium, look at the literature concerning princesses in various periods, and discuss the individual recollections about princess play of a number of…
Descriptors: Play, Females, Imagination, United States History
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American Journal of Play, 2009
Vivian Gussin Paley is a teacher, writer, lecturer, and advocate for the importance of play for young children. Author of a dozen books about children learning through play, she has received numerous honors and awards including an Erickson Institute Award for Service to Children, a MacArthur Foundation Fellows award, and a John Dewey Society's…
Descriptors: Play, Child Development, Friendship, Fantasy
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Sutton-Smith, Brian – American Journal of Play, 2008
A preeminent play-theory scholar reviews a lifetime devoted to the study of play in a lively, even playful, recounting of his illustrious career and some of its autobiographical roots. The author covers the development of his three major theories of play--as a viability variable, as culturally relative play forms, and as a co-evolutionary…
Descriptors: Play, Theories, Cultural Influences, Games