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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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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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Sommer, Maria; Sommer, Dion – American Journal of Play, 2017
The authors note that ancient Athens, in important ways, connected children, toys, and play. But they also find the scholarship of toys sparse and scattered. They discuss obstacles that can skew our modern view of the Greek mind, and they caution that modern eyes should not see play where the Greeks saw ritual and religious devotion. With these…
Descriptors: Toys, Archaeology, Developmental Psychology, Surveys
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Banchich, Thomas – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author uses the inscriptions and images on several ancient Greek vases to consider how social context, the meanings of play-related words, and particular features of the Greek language contributed to the ability to signal and perceive playfulness. He emphasizes the importance of the lexical range of some Greek words and how expectations linked…
Descriptors: Indo European Languages, Play, Humor, Foreign Countries
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Kidd, Stephen E. – American Journal of Play, 2017
The episodic structuring of ancient novels gives rise to the impression that they are not a serious genre in contrast to other genres like tragedy. Episodic plots tend to imply a playfulness not bound to causality but instead a spontaneity that includes the freedom to reinvent themselves. The author argues that novels like Longus's "Daphnis…
Descriptors: Novels, Play, Classical Literature, Humor
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Higl, Andrew – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author discusses the Exeter Book riddles, some of the earliest poems in English, specifically Old English, as perfect examples of how play and poetry intersect. Their playfulness, he claims, is most apparent in the original manuscript, but notes that few modern readers read Old English. The orthography of the manuscript also helps to make the…
Descriptors: Play, Poetry, Games, Puzzles
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American Journal of Play, 2017
Jon-Paul C. Dyson is vice president for exhibits and director of the International Center for the History of Electronic Games (ICHEG) at The Strong. Trained as a cultural and intellectual historian, he joined The Strong in 1998 and has worked on and supervised the development of dozens of exhibits on play and video games. He initiated the museum's…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Video Games, Play
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