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Playful Brain Venturing to the Limits of Neuroscience

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ISBN-10: 1851687602

ISBN-13: 9781851687602

Edition: 2011

Authors: Sergio Pellis, Vivien Pellis

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List price: $22.50
Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Publication date: 9/1/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Illustrations
The puzzle of play
A cause for rejoicing and a cause for caution
What do rats do when play fighting?
The playful rat
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
Turning a mouse brain into a rat brain
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 cortex
Is complex play fighting a by-product of changes to the brain and its development?
Explaining species differences in the complexity of play
So, what does playing buy you?
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
Playing for the present
I can't wait until I have grown up to get value out of playing
Play fighting as social assessment and social manipulation
Wisdom in the trees
Delayed and immediate functions of play revisited
Taking species diversity seriously
Mouse play to rat play revisited
From handling pups roughly to parental play
Returning to some unanswered oddities
All roads lead to Rome
What's so good about play fighting?
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?
From here to eternity
The deconstruction of complexity
Where do we go from here?
Endnotes
Bibliography
Index