(Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul) [PDF/EBOOK] Î By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan

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  • Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul
  • By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan
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  • 16 May 2020
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By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan ↠ 4 review

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul review ✓ 104 By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan ↠ 4 review Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan Thing 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 Playexplains why play is essential to our social skills adaptability intellige. Who would ve thought play would be so important in our lives This book brings to light something I think many of us know on a subconscious level but need to remind ourselves over and over again After reading this book I believe play is a missing puzzle piece not only in my own life but probably in many of the lives of people I know Scientific yet still readable Brown explains why he believes play is the cornerstone to happiness A few sections were a little dull but for the most part PLAY is accessible and a much needed reminder I d recommend to anyone for whom life feels dull or monotonous

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Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul

Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul review ✓ 104 By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan ↠ 4 review Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan Nce 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 d. Most books I ve read about play approach it via academic sociology gaming technology or educational psychology Brown does something different He takes a biological approach as befits his background and credentials He examines play from an evolutionary and developmental viewpoint a heavy sounding agenda but one that Brown makes feel unexpectedly fresh and light He achieves this by mixing his facts with personal narrative photo seuences assessment instruments and applications aplentyHere are some of the book s key concepts that struck mePlay properties With reticence Brown provides a list of the necessary ingredients of true play it must be apparently purposeless voluntary and possess inherent attraction freedom from time a diminished consciousness of self improvational potential and continuation desire 17Play drive In the animal kingdom those who play the best survive the best 31 Play allows pretend rehearsal for the challenges of life and increased social skills In fact play makes us smarter There is a positive link between brain size frontal cortex development and play During play the brain engages in simulations and creates connections that did not exist before Brown draws on the biology of neoteny to explain human primacy among mammals 55 58 we spend longer as children therefore play longer therefore are smarterPlay deficit Just as sleep deprivation leads to ill health so play deficiency can lead to mental illness 43 Play can counteract depression 6 continuing play can prevent its recurrence 151 Brown has studied depressed women who were successfully treated through distance running 214Play state Brown argues that play is essentially a state of mind rather than an activity 60 although movement can help us get into this state 84 150 and 213 4 A play state consists in openness to novelty and risk 173 As I anticipated Brown relates this play state to Csikszentmihalyi s flow experience 17 He also relates it to another of my favorite thinker s ideas Joseph Campbell s bliss 202 4 see also 213 and 118Play personality Brown proposes eight archetypes that offer us a chance to analyse our own play style joker kinesthete explorer competitor director collector artistcreator and storyteller 65 70 I love the idea that there are multiple ways to play and that each is an expression of our personality neither right nor wrongPlay types There is no one way to play Play can involve body and movement imagination social interaction friendship and belonging rough and tumble are you listening out there all you mothers with sons celebration and ritual storytelling and narrative transformation and creativity 83 94Play benefits Brown claims that play enhances memory 100 and produces a right attitude towards life 114 174 In the workplace play can increases emotional intelligence 32 creativity and innovation 134 and aids in skills mastery 141Play history This was a new one to me Brown uses this method to enable people to get back to that natural sense of playfulness we had as children He provides some useful advice on how to go about this task 206 210 see also 26 63 152Play spirituality Drawing on Darwinist and Hindu concepts Brown suggests that the universe itself is playful 44 5 This reminded me of the medieval notion of ludus amoris or divine playIf I have to criticise then there are two points to note Throughout the book Brown interacts with and uotes from an amazing number of primary sources most of whom are experts in the field with whom he has worked Apart from a list of acknowledgements at the back there are no references footnotes endnotes or euivalents Yet although I drool over such details and missed their absence I must ask myself would their inclusion have jammed and jolted the playful flow of my reading experienceSecondly I sense that Brown is at his weakest when facing the dark side of play Brown has a simple and repeated method of dispensing with evidence that play may be addictive violent manipulative or selfish He classifies such play as not really playing 178 182 193 Hay presto the problem vanishes For me this is too easy a turn If play prepares the brain for evolutionary struggle and adaptation then it must contain all the elements of life itself not just the nice parts of itYou can see the author in action in a TED Talk called Play is than fun This provides a good summary of the book but as always the book is way better

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Play: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination, and Invigorates the Soul review ✓ 104 By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan ↠ 4 review Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ↠ By Stuart Brown,Christopher Vaughan 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 any. 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 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 excludedThe book is definitely pitched at a general audience for example there is no bibliography to help one follow up on the various research studies he talks about I would have liked and was expecting some analysis of the science behind the claims he makes but as a general trade book this just doesn t get below the surfaceNevertheless there is a lot of value here Brown has some wonderful anecdotes about the impact of play He does provide a window into the role play has in development of children and our species He discusses the ways that the lack of play affects us as adults and suggests some ways to rediscover our play In this way the book is a kind of self help book It is a good starting point for people thinking about the value and importance of play