28th September 2016

I recently watched a TED talk by Professor Stuart Brown about how the inclusion of play-mechanisms in our life is vital to development and achieving potential… here are a few of my notes and observations


A state of play enables a “differential of power that can be over-ridden that exists in all of us”

Absence of play leads to vulnerability of anti-social behaviours, in some cases extreme

Why do we invest so much time playing with infants?

-cognitive development

-sensory discovery



– NOT as rehearsal for adulthood or adult situation

“If its purpose is more important than the act of doing it, it’s probably not play”

Object play – fundamental part of being playful. “The brain in search of a hand, a hand in search of a brain, and the object becomes the medium”

Stopping the using of one’s hands (object play) limited the ability to solve practical problems – could this also be applied to mental (psychological or emotional) problems?

Physical play (rough and tumble):

-emotional regulations

-inter-social normalisation

-cognitive and spatial processing

National Institute for Play

-the programme states that the opposite of play is depression

Neoteny – retention of immature qualities into adulthood

“Rules of the Red Rubber Ball”, Kevin Carroll, sites play as a transformative force over his life

‘From Play to Innovation’ – course at Stamford, focussing on group dynamics and development through play