Physical play and cognitive development: integrating activity, cognition, and education

Child Dev. 1998 Jun;69(3):604-6.


We propose that humans may have evolved a special sensitivity to certain types of social information during rough-and-tumble play that facilitates social cognition. The cognitive benefits of physical play are described as providing a break from demanding intellectual tasks, and are hypothesized to be related to gender differences in spatial cognition.

Publication types

  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child Development*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cognition*
  • Exercise*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Learning*
  • Male
  • Motor Skills*
  • Play and Playthings*
  • Sex Factors
  • Socialization
  • Space Perception