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The Strong’s Scott Eberle Joins Psychology Today as Blogger

The Strong News Release
NEWS RELEASE
One Manhattan Square Rochester, NY 14607 585-263-2700 museumofplay.org

April 6, 2012

For Immediate Release

Contact: Susan Trien, 585-410-6359, strien@thestrong.org
Shane Rhinewald, 585-410-6365, srhinewald@thestrong.org

The Strong’s Scott Eberle Joins
Psychology Today Magazine as Blogger

The Strong® is pleased to announce that Scott G. Eberle, vice president for play studies and editor of The Strong’s scholarly American Journal of Play, joins Psychology Today’s roster of international experts as a regular blogger on its online magazine, visited by more than 4.1 million unique visitors around the world monthly. Eberle’s inaugural blog, “Of Rats and Men,”  is currently featured on the magazine’s home page and has been chosen by Psychology Today as an “Essential Read” (www.psychologytoday.com/essentials).

“I thought Scott would make an excellent blogger on a topic I’d like to see get wider exposure—the importance of play,” says Hara Estroff Marano, editor at large for Psychology Today and author of A Nation of Wimps. “Achievement-oriented parents frequently think that play is a waste of time. Life is pretty grim if you don’t know how to play or are encouraged not to do so. Data show that play builds brains and it certainly fosters qualities like creativity and innovation, something very much needed to sustain our economy.”

From animal play, to word play, to the Ouija Board, Eberle (pictured right) addresses important questions on the nature and nurture of play—past, present, and future—in a blog entitled Play in Mind. He plans to blog on subject matter as diverse as research on laughter among rats (yes, they actually make chirping sounds akin to laughter!), golf as play (though it may sometimes have an influence on brain circuitry more like punishment), word and brain play, pranks, and perceptual psychology. Psychology Today readers can look forward to Eberle’s unique mix of scientific citations, scholarly observations, anecdotes, stories, and humorous reflections about the variety and importance of play in our everyday lives.

Says Eberle, “I’m trained as a historian, but the nearby insights of psychology prove very helpful when thinking and writing about play. Searching deeply for the ways we play and how we’ve played over the course of lifetimes and generations reveals much about ourselves and our emotions that we can recover in no other manner. The dimension of time helps explain the dimensions of mind.”

Formerly in charge of developing interactive exhibits for The Strong’s National Museum of Play, Eberle holds a doctorate in intellectual history, and is author of Classic Toys of the National Toy Hall of Fame and other works on American history, culture, and play. Currently he is co-editing a Handbook of Study of Play for Rowman-Littlefield and collaborating on a book about the elements of play. In his spare time, Eberle is an avid downhill skier and biker.

The Strong is a highly interactive, collections-based educational institution devoted to the study and exploration of play. It carries out its mission through five programmatic arms called “Play Partners.” These are the National Museum of Play®, the International Center for the History of Electronic Games®, the National Toy Hall of Fame®, the Brian Sutton-Smith Library and Archives of Play®, and the American Journal of Play®.

Independent and not-for-profit, The Strong is situated in Rochester, New York, where it houses the world’s most comprehensive collection of historical materials related to play. These enable a multifaceted array of research, exhibition, and other interpretive activities that serve a diverse audience of adults, families, children, students, teachers, scholars, collectors, and others around the globe.

Psychology Today was founded in 1967, is based in New York City, and is published bimonthly. It is devoted to everybody's favorite subject—the intricacies and oddities of human behavior. Psychology Today covers all aspects of human behavior and mental health, from the workings of the brain/mind to the bonds between people and the larger cultural forces that drive our most intimate decisions. PsychologyToday.com features over 750 blogs by leading academics, clinicians, and authors. The accumulated knowledge bank represents the largest archive of its kind in the world.

You can read Eberle’s inaugural Psychology Today blog at: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/play-in-mind/201204/rats-and-men.

 

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