Click play to listen. Recorded on November 8, 2009.
Stuart Brown, founder and president of the National Institute for Play, investigates the importance of play in human development. Brown trained in general and internal medicine, psychiatry, and clinical research. He became interested in the role of play in human development when he discovered a common element in the lives of a group of carefully studied homicidal young males: lack of childhood play. In this lecture, he discusses the importance of play, the negative consequences of a play-deprived life, and the strong correlation between success and playful activity.
This annual lecture recognizes a generous multiyear contribution to the festival by the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation.
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