The Strong News Release

January 12, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

New re:Play Blog from The Strong®
Highlights Importance of Play in Daily Life

What do laughing rats and golfers have in common? 

The Strong attempts to answer such questions and more in re:Play, a new blog that offers insightful reflections about play in all its many forms. Scott Eberle, vice president for play studies at The Strong, and an array of guest bloggers will engage readers with informative and entertaining thoughts about the variety and importance of play in our everyday lives.     

Laced with scientific citations, anecdotes, stories, and humor, these commentaries on the history and psychology of play will engage a wide audience of educators, students, parents, and others interested in play. Subjects tackled in re:Play will range from the neurochemistry of rats at play (they actually make chirping sounds akin to laughter!); to the physical effects on neural circuits as golfers strive to hit a tiny ball over challenging sand traps and water hazards (brain circuits actually “light up” when humans curse); to such topics as dogs at play, practical jokes as play, play and dance, playing with numbers, and more.

Says Eberle, “I’ll be writing about the neurochemistry or brain architecture of play, about dog toys, or the history of pranks, and I’ll bring the most insightful scholarly thinking to readers on many other topics. But I’ll also promise some mischief, because though play invites deep reflection, the medium should match the message, and reading about the meaning of play should also be fun. Funny, too, when I’m lucky.”

Scott G. Eberle is editor of The Strong’s American Journal of Play. Formerly in charge of developing interactive exhibits for The Strong’s National Museum of Play, Eberle holds a doctorate in intellectual history, and is author of Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame and other works on American history, culture, and play. Currently he is co-editing a Handbook of Study of Play for Rowman-Littlefield and collaborating on a book about the elements of play. In his spare time, Eberle is an avid downhill skier and biker.

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. It carries out its mission through five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play®, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games®, the National Toy Hall of Fame®, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play®, and the American Journal of Play®.

Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. These enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.

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