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 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 Particularly in tough times, we need to play 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....
|Title||:||Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul|
|Number of Pages||:||261 Pages|
|File Size||:||590 KB|
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Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul Reviews
This is a wonderful book. Stuart Brown points out something that the modern world desperately needs to hear: to play is to be human. Brown, drawing on a fair bit of recent scientific research, argues that approaching life with a playful attitude is not only important for being a happy person, but it's also important for being a creative person. Children lose the desire to learn when they are placed in kindergarten- where "work" and "play" are very strictly separated- and where play itself is sometimes removed entirely, with recess being cancelled to attend to more "serious" things. Brown's discussion of what constitutes play is especially fascinating. One point that he makes again and again is that true play requires a person to let go of pride. A game of Twister would be horrible if everybody were concerned about what others thought of them. A brainstorming session fails when people are afraid of being criticized for silly ideas. In short, play requires humility. Developing a humble spirit around others allows one to truly play with others- and since play is that which fosters creativity, a culture where humility is the rule is a far healthier culture, economically and socially.
This book is paean for play. Brown says of himself that he is unabashed play advocate and he points to the various ways that play is important for development, physical and mental health, and even the existence of all civilization. I think of myself of as a kind of play advocate as well; I think most people—adult and children alike—need more (or better) play in their lives. Yet I think Brown’s enthusiasm about the importance of play probably outstrips the evidence. In some ways, he is overly broad about what gets included as play (and conversely what excluded).
This is a book to be taken seriously--SERIOUSLY! I bought it because I had the opportunity to hear Dr. Brown speak at an Early Learners Conference. As an educator for 38 years and continuing, I have paid attention to what I see children learning through their play. The total expanse of play, from noticing one's fingers & toes to blocks and dolls and beyond to playground equipment and running wildly about as well as interacting in group games develops our minds and our bodies (and souls)! I have first-hand witnessed the benefits educationally but Dr. Brown brought out the important influences play has on life and living a happy, well-adjusted, meaningful life. His extensive research into those deprived of play is compelling enough to make you call someone for a "playdate"! This book should be a required read for ALL LEGISLATORS who pass laws about education, SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS who disband recess or diminish playtime to bathroom-time, and TEACHERS who feel the pressure put on us to "hit the paper, pencils and books". PARENTS would learn more about their children and would make some changes to include play in their own living routines!
Play for adults makes headlines but is rarely carried through by incorporating it into learning settings, work. A trainer who provides creative materials for programs - with no purpose except for hand/brain stimulation - this book helps justify why and why others should.
It's refreshing to hear that play is healthy and necessary for a fulfilling life. As an adult, I'm 'supposed' to be stayed and mature, poised, graceful. Instead, I bounce around the house dancing and singing while vacuuming, and while driving I collect some crazy stares and some great laughs as I dance enthusiastically in my drivers seat. I always feel so much better that way than when I just commute to and fro. I never understood why I always feel so liberated on the back of a horse or cruising with my windows down singing my heart out. This book explains in such great detail all the why's behind the happiness and joy I derive from those things. Thorough research, well written and from a place of experience and wisdom. Gives me added hope for the future. It would be fun to meet the author!