How Does Play Shape Our Development?

Dr. Stuart Brown says play is a "necessary part of being human." (Courtesy of TED)
Dr. Stuart Brown says play is a "necessary part of being human." (Courtesy of TED)

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode Press Play

About Stuart Brown's Talk

Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, and fantasy are more than just fun. He came to this conclusion after conducting some somber research about the stark childhoods of murderers.

About Stuart Brown

Dr. Stuart Brown is the founder of the National Institute for Play in California. Brown came to study play after studying something much more somber: the lives of murderers. He found a common thread in their life stories: lack of play in childhood. Since then, he's interviewed thousands of people to catalog their relationships with play, noting a strong correlation playful activity and success. His book Play describes the impact that play can have on one's life.

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