I’ve mentioned before that I think play is an important and much underestimated part of our lives. Here’s a TED talk by Stuart Brown, a psychiatrist and researcher into play, that has lots of interesting things to say on that topic.
Some points that struck me
There’s a useful transcript of the talk on the TED site, and here are some key points taken from that, which were interesting to me…
- “So what does play do for the brain? Well, a lot…. Nothing lights up the brain like play.”
“JPL, NASA and Boeing, before they will hire a research and development problem solver — even if they’re summa cum laude from Harvard or Cal Tech — if they haven’t fixed cars, haven’t done stuff with their hands early in life, played with their hands, they can’t problem-solve as well.”
“the opposite of play is not work, it’s depression“
“So I would encourage you all to engage not in the work-play differential — where you set aside time to play — but where your life becomes infused minute by minute, hour by hour, with body, object, social, fantasy, transformational kinds of play
“And this is where my chasing animals for four, five years really changed my perspective from a clinician to what I am now, which is that play has a biological place, just like sleep and dreams do.”
I’m going to be looking more into Stuart Brown’s work, so expect more posts about this in the future.