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Why Do We Need to Play?

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Tengo Tetrashvili

on 22 September 2016

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Why Do We Need to Play?
Play is as fundamental as any other
aspect of life, including sleep and dreams
It's imortant not only in physical aspect
Play is a central part of neurological growth and development
Children build complex, skilled, responsive, socially adept and cognitively flexible brains
Summary
Play seems like a waste of energy
Little animals spend an estimated 2 to 15 percent of their daily calorie budget on play
Animals are vulnerable to predators while playing
Is Play a Waste?
Play-as-preparation theory
Animals might use play to
develop their muscle memory
But play is often completely
different to real-life situation
No difference was found between 11 cats that had been exposed to toys in their youth and 8 cats that had not

Play as Physical Practice
Play and Brain-growth
Play intensity
Child
Adult
Growth of cerebellum
Child
Adult
Play and Brain-growth
Control group of 12 mice, who got to play got more developed brain and mature neuron connections
Puzzle
Toy
Competition
Game
Something that both fun and interactive
A toy with an objective
A puzzle which involves other agents
Competition where you can interact with other players
Definition of Game
/ɡeɪm/
Game
1
Game is interactive, goal-oriented and involves other agents - people
Life = Game
Tengiz Tetrashvili
ESM, Group - 14-9
Thanks for your attention
Evolutionary Advantage of Sports
Because sports have their unique rules, it's almost impossible to link them to actual survival advantages
Sources
Robin Marantz Henig, "Taking Play Seriously"
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/17/magazine/17play.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Anders Hejdenberg, "The Psychology Behind Games"
http://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/2289/the_psychology_behind_games.php

Keith Begley, "Why We Play Sport"
http://believeperform.com/coaching/why-we-play-sport/
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