Stuart Brown

is president of the National Institute for Play. Dr. Brown discovered the essential contributions of play by finding its absence in murderers and felony drunk drivers. Brown’s extensive clinical observations of variant individuals affirmed the importance of healthy play throughout the human life cycle. In the highly successful and creative, the centrality of playfulness was key to the continuity of their productivity. Brown founded the National Institute for Play to bring the science of play to general cultural consciousness and action. Brown’s new book is PLAY: How it Shapes the Brain, Opens the imagination, and Invigorates the Soul. Earlier in his career, Brown produced the film The Hero’s Journey: the world of Joseph Campbell, followed by producing or co-producing many hours of PBS, BBC, and National Geographic programs.

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Just like sleep and dreams, play has major biological functions and provides benefits for us all. Dr. Stuart Brown,... See more