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The Role of Play in Human Development

Anthony Pellegrini


While the subject of play may seem trivial for behavioral science, E. O. Wilson noted that understanding the significance of play is an important challenge facing scholars in these fields. Play is observed among juveniles across a number of animal species and is especially prevalent in young mammals, yet it is difficult to define or to attribute functional significance to it. This book argues that play is an excellent example of the ways in which biology and culture influence each other, especially during childhood. Specifically, the innovative possibilities associated with different forms of ... More

Keywords: play, human development, behavioral science, E.O. Wilson, juvenile period, young mammals, culture, childhood, skill acquisition, monkeys

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195367324
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195367324.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anthony Pellegrini, author
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus