The Leonard Lopate Show Edit this Published in The Leonard Lopate Show Playing Your Brain Listen 22 min Queue Download this audio Want to embed this player? Use the code below. More info. <iframe frameborder="0" scrolling="no" height="130" width="100%" src="https://www.wnyc.org/widgets/ondemand_player/wnyc/#file=/audio/json/57958/&share=1"></iframe> Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Email a Friend Dr. Stewart Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and has also conducted more than six thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life. His findings indicate that play is essential to developing our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity and more. His book is Play: How It Shapes the Brain, Opens the Imagination and Invigorates the Soul.