Research Committee

The research committee will synthesize existing research on play. There currently exists an extensive body of work exploring the value of play in its many and varied dimensions. This committee proposes to focus specifically on play research that examines its effects on health, and lifelong cognitive, physical, social, and affective development.

Members of the committee will review and compile existing play literature that addresses issues of human development and health into articles for publication. Considering the extent of the literature, multiple articles will likely be produced, from the perspectives of youth and adolescents, and the different stages of adulthood.

We would also like to post articles or interest pieces to the website that might be of interest to our visitors. If you know of such articles, or any that might be of use to us in our reviews, please let us know!

Committee Co-chairs

  • Dart Schmalz, Clemson University, schmalz@clemson.edu
  • Brett Wright, Clemson University, wright@clemson.edu

 

 

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