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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Role of Imaginative Play in the Life of Children: Free Talk by Scott Barry Kaufman in Acton Thursday, March 26th

From the Discovery Museums

March 23, 2015

Over the past few decades, researchers in the field of education and child psychology have amassed evidence for the necessity of play in children’s lives. As children play, they develop critical cognitive, emotional, social, and physical skills that set the stage for future learning and success. They learn to regulate behavior, lay foundations for later learning in science and mathematics, figure out the complex negotiations of social relationships, build a repertoire of creative problem solving skills, and more.

This talk will review the latest research on the crucial role of imaginative play for optimal development, well-being and creativity.

When:   6:30 - 8:30pm Thursday, March 26, 2015

Where:
Congregation Beth Elohim
                    133 Prospect Street, Acton, MA

Register HERE.

This event is free of charge but pre-registration is required. A wait ist is expected.

Paperback copies of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined will be on sale at the event thanks to Wellesley Books, and Scott Barry Kaufman will be signing copies following his presentation. Come prepared to purchase your copy!

Light refreshments will be served, including hors d'oeuvres and dessert provided by Idylwilde Farms, Acton.

About Scott Barry Kaufman, Ph.D.

Scott Barry Kaufman is scientific director of the Imagination Institute in the Positive Psychology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, where he investigates the measurement and development of intelligence, creativity and personality. He is the author of Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined and co-author (with Carolyn Gregoire) of the upcoming book Wired to Create: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind.

Kaufman is also host of The Psychology Podcast, co-founder of The Creativity Post, and author of the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American. Kaufman completed his doctorate in cognitive psychology from Yale University in 2009, and received his master’s degree in experimental psychology from Cambridge University in 2005, where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. In the Spring of 2015, he will be teaching Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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