Behavioural, cognitive, and social functions of playing
The research has the objective to study multiple forms of playing in inter-individual relations in order to understand its behavioural, cognitive and social functions. Trough an interdisciplinary approach involving contributions from ethnology, psychology, anthropology, and cognitive sciences, the research will comparatively investigate how diverse species hosted at CRASE experience the act of playing. In detail, these practices will be studied in two analytical directions. On one side, observing how these are enacted at individual and collective level let to observe their multiple functions in the diverse species. On another side, since some species share the same space it will be possible to observe playing as a interspecific relational pattern. Results will allow the development of a theoretical panorama in which it can discuss the role of playing in different species in an interdisciplinary way, and develop strategies using it as dispositive to improve CRASE animals’ wellbeing.
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