The Department of Teacher Education and the Education Doctoral Program Office
DePaul University College of Education
Peter Gray, Ph. D.
The Purposes of Play: Insights from Evolutionary Psychology
Dr. Gray’s recent research focuses on the role of play in human evolution and how children educate themselves, through play and exploration, when they are free to do so.
Tuesday, October 14
5:30 – 7:30 PM • Schmidt Academic Center Room 154
2320 N. Kenmore • Chicago
Free & Open to the Public
Peter Gray is a research professor in the Department of Psychology at Boston College. He is author of the internationally acclaimed textbook Psychology (Worth Publishers, now in its 7th edition), which views all of psychology from an evolutionary perspective, and Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life (Basic Books, 2013). He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. His current research and writing focuses primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. He writes a popular blog for Psychology Today called Freedom to Learn.
See his TED Talk at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bg-GEzM7iTk.