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The Evolutionary and Psychological Significance of Play
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In honor of Stanley A. Kuczaj, II

June 12-14, 2016
Chicago, Illinois, USA
Registration: By invitation only







 

 

 

 

 

                 Stan Kuczaj
University of Southern Mississippi
                 (1951-2016)


Organizers

Lance Miller
Chicago Zoological
Society - Brookfield
Zoo
Email
Website
Alex de Voogt
American Museum of
Natural History in New
York
Email
Website

  

Description
This Psychonomic Society Leading Edge Workshop will explore the evolutionary and psychological significance of play. Although members of a myriad array of species play, all play is not the same.  Species that play differ in terms of the forms and functions of their play and so it is possible that the evolutionary benefits of play vary from species to species. If so, is it the case that the evolutionary significance of play varies systematically, with additional benefits being added as species increase in cognitive or social complexity? Or are the benefits of play distributed more equally across the animal kingdom? Answers to these questions are necessary in order to determine the general evolutionary significance of play as well as its unique benefits for individual species.  Of course, the evolutionary and psychological significance of play are intimately connected. The play of individuals as well as species varies, and the consequences of individual variation as well as the implications of species differences must be considered to ascertain the manner in which play influences an individual’s survival and reproductive fitness. In order to build a coherent framework that integrates research on individual differences with that on species differences, the proposed workshop will bring together scientists from the fields of animal behavior, animal welfare, anthropology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology and psychology to define play and its significance.


Participants

         
Cindy Dell
Clark
Pennsylvania
State University
Alex de Voogt
American
Museum of
Natural History 
Vladimir Dinets
University of
Tennessee,
Knoxville 
Tracy Gleason
Wellesley
College 
Fernand Gobet
University of
Liverpool 
     
Artin Goncu
University of
Illinois at
Chicago 
Martine
Hausberger
Universtiy of
Rennes
Heather Hill
St. Mary's
University 
Angeline
Lillard
University of
Virginia 
Lance Miller
Chicago
Zoological
Society -
Brookfield Zoo 
          
Mathias Osvath
Lund University
Elisabetta
Palagi
University of
Pisa 
Jaak Panksepp
Washington
State University 
Sergio Pellis
University of
Lethbridge 
Jeff Rushen
University of
British
Columbia 
         
Marek Špinka
Institute of 
Animal Science,
Czechia
       



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