This is Science Today. A leading psychiatrist at the
University of California, San Francisco says adults
should continue to play well past their childhood
to attain fulfillment and balance in their lives.
Dr. Lenore Terr says playing is defined as any activity
done just for the fun of it, but she cautions couch
potatoes that time in front of the TV is not truly
To be a couch potato, one goes into a state of consciousness
which we probably all need - which is to just blank
out and forget everything and just have peace. But
that is not the same as play. Play requires super
So long as this super-concentration is involved, any
activity - whether mental or physical - can be considered
All of us have different ways of playing because we're
built different ways. Some of us are real sports people;
we're built athletically. Some of us are real chess
players. So, we tend to play in the ways that are
most natural - the most easy for us.
Narrator: For Science Today, I'm Larissa Branin.