American Journal of Play Now Available Free Online

American Journal of Play News Release
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700

June 3, 2011

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359,
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365,

American Journal of Play Now Available FREE Online (

ROCHESTER,  New YorkThe American  Journal of Play, an interdisciplinary scholarly journal devoted solely to the study of play, is pleased to announce that the publication is now available free online at Now anyone, anywhere in the world with access to the Internet may view current and archived issues and an array of thought-provoking content from some of the most prominent national and international researchers and writers in the field.

According to G. Rollie Adams, editor-in-chief of the American Journal of Play, “In addition to being accessible to everyone free online, the scholarly quarterly, with subscribers across the United States and more than a dozen other countries, will link up with numerous online bibliographic distribution services, giving tens of thousands of scholars, students, and other researchers targeted access in the U.S. and abroad.” Paid print subscriptions will continue to be available for those desiring the printed format.

The American Journal of Play increases awareness and understanding of the role of play in learning and human development and the ways in which play illuminates American cultural history. Its interdisciplinary academic appeal makes it of interest to educators, psychologists, play therapists, sociologists, anthropologists, folklorists, historians, museum professionals, toy and game designers, policy makers, and others interested in the importance of play. Content includes articles, essays, opinion pieces, interviews and book reviews in child development, education, psychology sociology, anthropology, neuroscience, history, popular culture, museum studies, and other play-related fields.

Highlights of the most recent issue, Volume 3, Number 3, include:

“Reshaping a Brain through Play: An Interview with Ruth Codler Resch”: Resch, a psychoanalyst who has practiced child and adult psychotherapy for 35 years, explores the defining events of her personal and professional life—a stroke that left her without the ability to speak—and how her play with the sensory and nonverbal in various forms of art and dance allowed her to rediscover and then transcend the spoken word.

“Playing with Ideas: The Affective Dynamics of Creative Play” by Patrick Power, Senior Lecturer of Digital Media and Design, London Metropolitan University: An integrated investigation of emotion, play, and creativity, this interdisciplinary study analyzes the affective nature of playfulness, explores it as feeling or attitude in an adult context, and maps its relationship to the creative process.

“Scaffolding Productive Language Skill through Scoiodramatic Play,” by Rebecca Galeano, Assistant Instructor, School of Teacher Education, Florida State University:  Galeano reviews how a receptive, bilingual four-year-old increased her Spanish productive-language skills over five weeks as she engaged in Spanish-language play sessions with bilingual peers.

“Adult Attitudes and Beliefs Regarding Play on Lana’i”  by Robyn M. Holmes, Professor of Psychology at Monmouth University: Holmes examines how adult attitudes toward play on the Hawaiian island of Lana’i reflect the connection between play and culture. She bases her observations on a study of 92 caregivers (parents, grandparents, and other adult custodians), primarily representing individuals of Filipino, part Hawaiian, and Japanese heritages.

“Bodily Play in the After-School Program: Fulfillment of Intentionality in Interaction between Body and Place” by Knut Londal, Associate Professor of Education and International Studies at Oslo Unviersity College: Londal investigates the relationship between after-school programs and the places where children who attend them play. It focuses on the kind of bodily play the children themselves choose and control.

The American Journal of Play is published by The Strong in Rochester, New York, which manages all editorial, online, subscription, printing, and distribution functions. For more information, visit