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Dodge, Autumn M. – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author discusses Magic: The Gathering as not only a card game but as situated in New Literacies as a Discourse and community of practice with rich, complex, and multimodal literacy practices. She describes apprenticeship to the game from the perspective of a novice and a long-time player and argues that entering its Magic Discourse depends on…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Games, Vocabulary, Literacy
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Henricks, Thomas S. – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author counters the common descriptions of play as endlessly diverse, ambiguous, and even paradoxical by describing it as a fundamental experience comparable to three others--ritual, work, and communitas. Play, he argues, entails a distinctive strategy of self-realization and a strategy for living. He first examines four basic types of…
Descriptors: Play, Self Actualization, Ceremonies, Teaching Methods
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Martin, Cathlena – American Journal of Play, 2018
Game historians usually trace the literary roots of role-playing games to J. R. R. Tolkien and other fantasy authors. In this article, the author argues that, although Tolkien indeed provided pioneer game creators with specific content, historians have missed the important early influence on game history of children's literature that advocates and…
Descriptors: Role Playing, Childrens Literature, History Instruction, Games
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Rowe, Meredith L.; Salo, Virginia C.; Rubin, Kenneth – American Journal of Play, 2018
The authors ask if participating in an early-childhood theater production improves pretend play and cooperation among preschoolers. They examined play sessions immediately before and after productions of interactive earlychildhood performances at Imagination Stage, Inc. and measured children's engagement, cooperation, pretense, and misbehavior.…
Descriptors: Preschool Education, Preschool Children, Theater Arts, Play
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Shen, Yih-Jiun; Ramirez, Sylvia Z.; Kranz, Peter L.; Tao, Xinhua; Ji, Yuanhong – American Journal of Play, 2018
The growing interest in addressing the mental health needs of Chinese children through play therapy calls for an understanding of the cultural roots and norms of Chinese families. To help professionals succeed in this traditionally Western treatment when providing cross-cultural play therapy, the authors make recommendations concerning the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mental Health, Play Therapy, Cultural Influences
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Proyer, René T.; Brauer, Kay; Wolf, Annegret; Chick, Garry – American Journal of Play, 2018
Adult playfulness contributes to well-functioning romantic relationships, claim the authors, who study the association between playfulness of several kinds (other directed, lighthearted, intellectual, whimsical) and six specific attitudes towards love they call love styles--"eros," "ludus," "storge,"…
Descriptors: Play, Individual Differences, Adults, Intimacy
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Goldstein, Thalia R. – American Journal of Play, 2018
Children have a natural inclination to play and imagine themselves as characters. Research has supported theories that connect this pretend play and related theatrical play to the development of children's social and emotional skills, but the author contends we need further, more rigorous research on whether such play directly relates to such…
Descriptors: Games, Intervention, Dramatic Play, Preschool Children
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Sicart, Miguel – American Journal of Play, 2018
The author proposes a rhetoric of computational play as a perspective for the analysis of the ludic in the Information Age. Combining concepts from the philosophy of information and postphenomenology with different theories of play, he argues that there is a play element shaping the cultural impact of computational media and that this kind of play…
Descriptors: Computer Use, Play, Computation, Information Science
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Gorman, Thomas E.; Gentile, Douglas A.; Green, C. Shawn – American Journal of Play, 2018
As the popularity of video games has risen so too has the worry about the problems associated with playing them. The authors review the research concerning problem gaming, its similarity to some clinical addictions like gambling and drug and alcohol abuse, and current treatment options. They conclude that, regardless of how researchers and medical…
Descriptors: Video Games, Addictive Behavior, Mental Disorders, Clinical Diagnosis
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American Journal of Play, 2017
Allan N. Schore has served on the clinical faculty of the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine since 1996 and has maintained a private clinical practice for more than four decades. He has contributed significant research to the disciplines of interpersonal neurobiology, affective…
Descriptors: Play, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Neurosciences, Behavioral Sciences
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Dissanayake, Ellen – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author considers the biological basis of the arts in human evolution, which she holds to be grounded in ethology and interpersonal neurobiology. In the arts, she argues, ordinary reality becomes extraordinary by attention-getting, emotionally salient devices that also appear in ritualized animal behaviors, many kinds of play, and the playful…
Descriptors: Play, Art, Neurosciences, Animal Behavior
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Marks-Tarlow, Terry – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author employs neurobiology to help explore deception in nature and self-deception in human beings. She examines activities that may appear playful but that lack such hallmark qualities of play as equality, mutual pleasure, and voluntarism and that can, therefore, prove psychologically destructive. She warns that the kind of playful…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Deception, Play, Parent Child Relationship
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Vandervert, Larry – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author suggests the brain's cerebellum and cerebral cortex are the origin of culture and considers the cerebellar models that came to constitute culture to be derived specifically from play. He summarizes recent research on the behavioral, cognitive, and affective evolution of the cerebellum and the cerebral cortex that shows the development…
Descriptors: Neurosciences, Play, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Imagination
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Shapiro, Yakov; Marks-Tarlow,Terry; Fridman, Joseph – American Journal of Play, 2017
The authors investigate the parallels between musical performance and psychoanalytical therapy, using the former as a metaphor for the way therapist and patient jointly compose the therapeutic experience and better the treatment it offers. [Note: The volume and issue number (v9 n1) shown on this PDF is incorrect. The correct citation is v9 n2.]
Descriptors: Listening, Psychotherapy, Creative Activities, Music
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Katehakis, Alexandra – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author looks at the psychology of sexuality and its origins in the brain's cortex. She discusses how the cues for desire sometimes overshadow mere physiological cues and how they may be healthy or unhealthy. She argues that understanding the intricate neurochemical and neurostructural workings of the mind and the central and autonomic nervous…
Descriptors: Psychology, Sexuality, Brain, Fantasy
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