Play: happiness and the brain

Friday November 22, 2019

It has been said that the brain is the most complex system known to humankind, play is perhaps an equally complex behaviour, so much so, that most scholars admit they still do not understand fully the reasons for its existence and the purposes it serves. Over the past two decades, and the past decade, in particular, new research has aided our understanding of the relationship between play and brain development and functioning, in particular motivation and reward (happiness).

In these videos, Jack Panksepp (a leading figure in play and brain research) and his work are introduced. This includes some revolutionary findings that challenge often commonly held views about the role and function of play. We thank Washington State University, NPR, TEDx and veebaikadeemia for their work in the production of these video’s and for their willingness to share them.

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