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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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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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Nooney, Laine – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author retells the origin story of Sierra On-Line and its historic first product, the graphical adventure game "Mystery House." She reviews the academic and journalistic writing that placed the story almost exclusively inside a narrative about early computer games, treating it as a saga of the competition between the graphic…
Descriptors: Video Games, History, Computer Games, Interaction
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Markey, Patrick M.; Ferguson, Christopher J. – American Journal of Play, 2017
In this excerpt from their new book, "Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games Is Wrong" (BenBella Books, 2017), the authors present an argument in defense of video games while dispelling the myth that such games lead to real-world violence. The authors define and examine moral panics and provide guidelines for identifying and…
Descriptors: Video Games, Violence, Fear, Moral Issues
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Kocurek, Carly – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author discusses how, in practice, historians often obscure the effect of women's lives, work, and contributions on their topic, and she takes special note of video game history. Using both history and film studies as examples, she argues that games historians can and should adopt feminist viewpoints to help ensure a fuller, more diverse…
Descriptors: Females, Video Games, Films, History
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Guins, Raiford – American Journal of Play, 2017
The author asks what has occurred in game history scholarship to warrant the use of the adjective "new" in "New Video Game History" and suggests an awareness of process may now be influencing the study of games. In support of this observation, he organizes the article along two interrelated fronts. The first speaks to the…
Descriptors: Video Games, History, Design, Historiography
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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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