July 19, 2010

Why play is serious business

Stuart BrownThis is your brain. This is your brain on play. Dr. Stuart Brown, President of the National Institute for Play, insists that play is essential not only to our well-being but to our very survival.

With an illustrious background in general and internal medicine, psychiatry, and clinical research, Dr. Brown first discovered the importance of play by discerning its absence in a group of homicidal young males. Now he has devoted his career to bringing the unrealized knowledge, practices and benefits of play into public life.

Dr. Brown's recent session, "The Neuroscience of Play: What Play Does for You and Your Brain, and What Happens to You if You Don’t Play," at the Aspen Ideas Festival gives us a glimpse into his fascinating work. See for yourself:

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