The cognitive benefits of play: Effects on the learning brain
Author(s): Gwen Dewar, Ph.D.
- Play improves memory and stimulates the growth of the cerebral cortex
- Play and exploration trigger the secretion of BDNF, a substance essential for the growth of brain cells
- Kids pay more attention to academic tasks when they are given frequent, brief opportunities for free play (P.E. is not an adequate substitute for free play)
- Play is linked with better language skills
- Play promotes creative problem-solving