New Stuff Tuesday – December 21


How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the
Imagination and Invigorates the Soul
by Stuart Brown
BF717 .B76 2009
New Book Island, 2nd floor

OK, now that finals are (almost) finished, let’s talk about what you’re going to do with the next four weeks of your life. I have a feeling that there will be some sleep in there, some catching up with friends, some family time. I would also guess that there would be some playtime in there as well, and that would be the subject of this week’s featured title.

Brown, doctor and founder of the National Institute for Play (can I work there?), takes a serious approach with a not-so-serious topic: play. He contends that the ability to laugh, joke around, compete and have fun has a huge impact on our lives. The author brings in cutting-edge scientific research about the mind-altering effects of play to support the notion that the brain benefits from these types of interactions. He also shares his knowledge and expertise in the matter gained from six thousand interviews that he has conducted over the course of his career.

And with that, you’ve got the last New Stuff Tuesday of the year. I’ll be too busy playing until 4 January. =)

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