Gordon M. Burghardt is Alumni Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee, where his primary research focuses on the relationship between genetics and early environments in the development of behavior patterns and sensory processes. He is the author of The Genesis of Animal Play: Testing the Limits and numerous scientific papers, editor of the Journal of Comparative Psychology, and a member of the editorial boards of four other journals. He has been a fellow at the American Psychological Association, American Psychological Society, Animal Behavior Society, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jaak Panksepp is distinguished Research Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Bowling Green State University, Baily Endowed Chair of Animal Well-Being Science at Washington State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, and head of Affective Neuroscience Research at the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics at Northwestern University. He is editor of the Textbook of Biological Psychiatry and author of Affective Neuroscience: The Foundations of Human and Animal Emotions. In addition, he has written more than three hundred articles in the fields of psychology and affective neuroscience. Jeffrey Burgdorf is a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at the Falk Center for Molecular Therapeutics at Northwestern University. His numerous scientific papers have appeared in, among other places, Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychopharmacology, and Consciousness and Emotion.
Sergio M. Pellis is a Professor and Principal Investigator at the University of Lethbridge Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience. He has written and lectured extensively on play behavior in rodents and primates; contributed articles and chapters to many journal and books; and is coauthor of Playful Brain: Venturing the Limits of Neuroscience (2009), which encompasses three decades of empirical research supporting an integrated study of the multifunctionality of play and the differences that exist between the species. Vivien C. Pellis serves as Assistant Professor and postdoctoral fellow at the University of Lethbridge Canadian Centre for Behavioral Neuroscience. Her research interests include play behavior in animals and humans, autism, and righting reflexes, and she is coauthor of Playful Brain: Venturing the Limits of Neuroscience, as well as numerous other publications. Heather C. Bell is a doctoral candidate at the University of Lethbridge. Under the direction of Sergio M. Pellis, she is working on computational models of interacting systems of organisms. Bell’s coauthored articles have appeared in Behavioral Neuroscience and Behavioural Brain Research.
Stephen M. Siviy is Chairperson of the Psychology Department at Gettysburg College. His primary research interest is in identifying neurobiolical substrates of mammalian playfulness. With more than twenty years of experience in the field, Siviy’s coauthored articles have appeared in, among others, Behavioural Brain Research, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, Journal of Comparative Psychology, and Behavioral Neuroscience. Siviy also served as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Sydney and the University of California, Los Angeles.
Louk J. M. J. Vanderschuren is Associate Professor at the Ruldolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience of the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands. He investigates the neurobiology of social behavior, impulsivity, and addiction, and his many papers have appeared in publications such as Science, Nature Medicine, the Journal of Neuroscience, and Biological Psychiatry. He also serves as Associate Editor of Behavioural Phamacology, published in association with the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society.