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The Brain And Play

Play has huge ramifications for a child’s emotions, movement, cognition, socialisation and language. Studies have shown that play based programs for pre school children have positive effects on self esteem, motivation, socialisation and cognitive development.
Play can destroy antagonism and defensiveness amongst pupils. It is the process by which the person obtains pleasure with no likelihood of an external pleasure. It is important that children feel this with play because it has been shown that this has a positive affect on learning later on. These illuminations come from understanding things - it can be an extremely pleasurable experience, indeed Chiesa coined the phrase an, "intellectual orgasm." Children as early as possible can come to realise how fulfilling education and learning can be.

Nurseries are often extremely colourful, with lots of toys and gadgets. This is in order to try and stimulate children cognitively. Research has show that this is not very successful. Obviously the extreme absence of these things is not a good idea, however this enriching overload as yet has not been proved to facilitate brain development. Research has suggested that the more the child has social and emotional experiences at an earlier age the more beneficial this is for brain development. Poor and damaging relationships have an adverse affect on brain development – examples include scapegoating the child, not responding to the child’s conversations and not playing with the child.

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