Peter Gray is Research Professor of Psychology at Boston College. He is the author of six editions of the textbook Psychology and author or coauthor of numerous articles on psychology, behavioral biology, and teaching. Gray serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology and is a member of the advisory board of the Evolution Institute and a trustee of the Sudbury Valley School in Farmington, MA. He also writes the Freedom to Learn blog for Psychology Today.
Peter F. LaFreniere is Professor of Psychology at the University of Maine. He is the author of Adaptive Origins: Evolution and Human Development, and his articles have appeared in Development and Psychopathology and the Journal of Social, Evolutionary, and Cultural Psychology, among others. LaFreniere is a trustee of the International Society for Human Ethology and has presented his research on peer relationships in children both in the United States and abroad.
David Lancy is Professor of Anthropology at Utah State University. He has conducted fieldwork on children’s lives in Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Trinidad, Sweden, and the United States. He is the author of five books including The Anthropology of Childhood: Cherubs, Chattel, and Changelings and Playing on the Mother-Ground: Cultural Routines for Children’s Development. He has also presented his research at conferences around the world and contributed dozens of articles to edited volumes and journals including American Anthropologist, Anthropology and Education Quarterly, Child Development, and International Journal of Behavioral Development. M. Annette Grove holds a graduate degree in human development from Utah State University, and her research centers on parental beliefs and behaviors in regard to play and education. She has presented her work at an annual meeting of the Society for Anthropological Sciences and is coauthor of a chapter in The Anthropology of Learning in Childhood.
David Sloane Wilson is SUNY Distinguished Professor for the Department of Biology and Anthropology at Binghamton University, SUNY, where he founded the Evolutionary Studies program. He is author of Evolution for Everyone: How Darwin’s Theory Can Change the Way We Think About Our Lives and Darwin’s Cathedral: Evolution, Religion, and the Nature of Society. He is coauthor of Unto Others: The Evolution and Psychology of Unselfish Behavior and The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative and has contributed articles to a number of journals including American Scientist, Quarterly Review of Biology, and Evolution and Human Behavior. Wilson has served as vice president of the American Society of Naturalists and on the editorial board of Human Behavior and Evolution Society and currently contributes to ScienceBlogs. Danielle Marshall is Senior Manager of Research and Education at KaBOOM!, a not-for-profit community playground-building organization that has facilitated the construction of thousands of play spaces for children throughout the United States. Previously, she worked at Jumpstart for Young Children where she created training materials and conducted observation and feedback sessions for educators. Hindi Iserhott is a former president of the board of directors of City Repair, a Portland, OR, not-for-profit dedicated to an ecologically sustainable society. Previously, she worked for Depave, a Portland organization that promotes the removal of unnecessary pavement from urban areas to create community green spaces.