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Towards a Cognitive Theory of Play

Talk by Marc Malmdorf Andersen, IMC

2019.01.22 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Date Tue 05 Mar
Time 11:00 13:00
Location IMC Meeting Room, Jens Chr. Skous Vej 4, Building 1483-312



Play is a universal behaviour observed primarily in humans and a handful of other highly intelligent social mammals. While many ultimate evolutionary theories of play have been suggested, there is a surprising absence of proximate theories accounting for the cognitive underpinnings of play. Such an absence has important methodological and conceptual implications, because it makes it difficult to develop specific hypotheses and to identify key variables and mechanisms across the endless varieties of play forms. In this talk, I will propose a cognitive theory of play which builds on recent advances from cognitive science on the predictive human mind and review existing play litterature. 


About the speaker

Marc Andersen, Postdoc, IMC, School of Culture and Society

Lecture/talk, Seminar