Recreation 220

Recreation 220 - Recreation 220 Joseph Angel-Field February...

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Recreation 220 Joseph Angel-Field February 12, 2008 Prof. Jan Hedges Alex Hawes Published 1996 Zoogoer 25 Online, all pages Play is a universal concept, and studying the behavior of play manifests many complexities and thrills. The article discussed the field of animal play and proposed a model for play in the animal kingdom that acts towards serious goals of survival and success in the real world. It mentions many anecdotes of play in the animal kingdom, some rare and unique, others as recognizable as the play of our own species. Anecdotal evidence, Hawes points out, is sometimes the best and only method of evidence in behavioral sciences, particularly the study of play. Hawes draws out a quick evolution of the study of play, beginning with Herbert Spencer and his surplus energy theory of play, a concept we have discussed in class. He proceeds with a contemporary of Spencer, one Karl Groos, whose theory was directed towards the benefits of play on the individual, specifically as practicing for adult
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