Garry Chick is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at the Pennsylvania State University. His research focuses on cultural and evolutionary aspects of play, games, and leisure. His publications for scholarly journals include “Leisure and Cultural Complexity,” “Cultural Consonance in a Mexican Festival System,” and “What is Play For? Sexual Selection and the Evolution of Play.” René Proyer is Professor of Psychological Assessment and Differential Psychology at the Department of Psychology at the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg in Germany. His interests include the study of playfulness as a personality trait and humor-related variables. His publications include edited special issues on “A Multidisciplinary Perspective on Play and Playfulness in Adults” and “Humor and Laughter Playfulness and Cheerfulness: Upsides and Downsides to a Life of Lightness.” Andrew Purrington is currently an instructor at Douglas College in British Columbia. His research focuses on culture and decision making in leisure and play. His publications include “Influence of Loss Aversion on Mountain Bikers’ Behavioral Intentions,” “Play and Mate Preference: Testing the Signal Theory of Adult Playfulness,” “Leisure as a Cross-Cultural Concept,” and “The Concept of Leisure Cross-Culturally.” Careen Yarnal is Associate Professor (Emerita) of Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management at The Pennsylvania State University. She has a broad repertoire of research interests, including positive emotions, stress and leisure coping, play, healthy aging, and the role of leisure across the lifespan. Her publications include “Egg White or Sun-Kissed: A Cross-Cultural Exploration of Skin Color and Women’s Leisure Behavior,” “Borrowing Happiness from the Future”: Exploring College Students’ Own Experiences on Health-Related Lifestyles”; “Using Playfulness to Cope with Psychological Stress: Taking into Account both Positive and Negative Emotions”; and “The Red Hat Society: Exploring the Role of Play, Liminality, and Communitas in Older Women’s Lives.”
Author most recently of Play: A Basic Pathway to the Self, Thomas S. Henricks has now retired as the J. Earl Danieley Professor of Sociology and Distinguished University Professor at Elon University, where he also served as dean of the social sciences department and associate dean of the university, from 1977 to 2018. In 1990, he received the University’s Daniels-Danieley Award for Excellence in Teaching. In fall 2003, Henricks was named Distinguished University Professor. Throughout his career Henricks’s research focused on social theory, modernization and change, popular culture, social stratification, race and ethnic relations, and the sociology of play, games, and sport. His publications include Play and the Human Condition; Disputed Pleasures: Sport and Society in Preindustrial England; Play Reconsidered: Sociological Perspectives on Human Expression; and Selves, Societies, and Emotions: Understanding the Pathways of Experience.
Thomas Enemark Lundtofte is Assistant Professor of Media Studies at University of Southern Denmark. His current research interests include the field of children, youth, and media, focusing on factors that condition modes of participation in children’s uses of digital media in schools and in private settings. He serves on the national Danish research council for pedagogical IT under the Ministry of Children and Education. His research has been published in international journals and research anthologies.
Alejandra Wah is Assistant Professor of Arts and Cognition in the Department of Arts, Culture, and Media Studies at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. Her research focuses on the evolution and development of reflective imagination and has been supported by grants from the National Autonomous University of Mexico, the Mexican National Fund for the Culture and the Arts, the Jumex Foundation, the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.