2 New Research on Adolescent Development and the Biology of Puberty--
4 Appendix: Workshop Agenda.
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Adolescence is one of the most fascinating and complex transitions in the human life span. Its breathtaking pace of growth and change is second only to that of infancy. Over the last two decades, the research base in the field of adolescence has had its own growth spurt. New studies have provided fresh insights while theoretical assumptions have changed and matured. This summary of an important 1998 workshop reviews key findings and addresses the most pressing research challenges. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
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Cover; Title; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Foreword; Preface; Acknowledgments; Illustrations; A cause for rejoicing and a cause for caution; What do rats do when play fighting?;
1. The puzzle of play; The development of play fighting; Was it good for you, big boy?; Rethinking the play fighting of rats; Sex differences in play fighting; Turning a mouse into a rat;
2. The playful rat; The peculiarities of play fighting in murid rodents; On making species comparisons; Reciprocity and fairness in play fighting; How much like sex is murid play fighting?; The neural control of play fighting.
The role of the cortexIs complex play fighting a by-product of changes to the brain and its development?; Explaining species differences in the complexity of play;
3. Turning a mouse brain into a rat brain; Juvenile play and the rehearsal of action patterns; Is it really the deprivation of play that causes the deficits in animals that have been reared in isolation?; Being better at coping with stress; The uniqueness of the juvenile play experience; Learning to cope; The many benefits problem revisited; Brain begets play and play begets brain;
4. So, what does playing buy you?
I can't wait until I have grown up to get value out of playingPlay fighting as social assessment and social manipulation; Wisdom in the trees; Delayed and immediate functions of play revisited;
5. Playing for the present; Mouse play to rat play revisited; From handling pups roughly to parental play; Returning to some unanswered oddities; All roads lead to Rome;
6. Taking species diversity seriously; The uses of ambiguity; And on to humans; How to become good at being ambiguous; Why is play fighting more frequent in boys than girls?;
7. What's so good about play fighting?
The deconstruction of complexityWhere do we go from here?;
8. From here to eternity; Endnotes; Bibliography; Index.
Despite hundreds of years of research and theorizing, questions concerning play behaviour, such as what qualifies as play, what brain mechanisms are needed to produce play, and of what benefit, if any, does play have to our lives, remain unanswered. Over time, biologists, psychologists, anthropologists, and educators have generated more opinions than solid evidence with play vacillating between being seen as instrumental to the development of healthy individuals and as a childish waste of time. With reference to a range of species, but using the trusty rat as their model, the authors synthesize three decades of empirical research to create the first truly integrated study that appreciates the significance of such previously neglected phenomena as the multi-functionality of play, the different forms of play that exist between species, and the evolutionary aspects that are responsible for it all. (source: Nielsen Book Data)
Sergio and Vivien Pellis have synthesized three decades of empirical research to create a remarkable work, unequalled in its field. A book that will not only expand our current knowledge of play behaviour, but will inspire change and progress from the laboratory to the playground. (source: Nielsen Book Data)