Evolutionary Functions of Social Play Life Histories , Sex Differences , and Emotion Regulation

  title={Evolutionary Functions of Social Play Life Histories , Sex Differences , and Emotion Regulation},
  author={Peter J Lafreniere},
Many research findings about animal play apply to children’s play, revealing structural and functional similarities with mammals in general and primates in particular. After an introduction to life-history theory, and before turning to humans, the author reviews research about the two mammals in which play has been studied the most extensively: laboratory rats and monkeys. He looks at the development of play, deprivation studies, gender segregation, and the functions of gender-differentiated… CONTINUE READING


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