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The Importance of Being Playful

May 26th and 27th, 2012
105 Stanley Hall, UC Berkeley

This 10th International Conference on neuroesthetics will highlight the importance of play in human expression by studying its signifance in the 21st century and by engaging attendees in play.

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Note: This is not a Greater Good Science event.

This conference will explore answers to questions such as:

-How does play affect our neuronal anatomy and what neuronal circuitry is involved?
-Is the rise of mental illness in Western society a symptom of chronic play deprivation?
-Can play be measured? Is play a state-of-mind?
-What is the relationship between religion and play?
-How can we harness the creative power of play to develop solutions for the problems we face in the 21st century?
-Is there a role for humor in political conflict resolution?
...and much more.

For more information and to register for this event, visit

Note: This is not a Greater Good Science event.

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