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Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture celebrates 20 years with The Neuroscience of Play

"The Neuroscience of Play" is the theme of this spring's Ruth Stricker Mind-Body Lecture, May 16-17, 2011, presented by the Center for Spirituality and Healing and co-sponsored by the Henry L. Taylor Professorship in Exercise Science and Health Enhancement. Dr. Arthur Leon, MD, holds the Taylor Professorship in the School of Kinesiology.

Stuart Brown, MD, prolific author and executive producer of the three-part PBS series, The Promise of Play, will deliver two lectures. Dr. Brown first recognized the importance of play by discovering its absence in the life stories of murderers and felony drunk drivers. His independent scholarship and exploration of play led to the establishment of the National Institute for Play.

The Neuroscience of Play lecture will be held Monday, May 16, from 12-1:30 p.m. in Mayo Memorial Auditorium, $15 general admission, $10 students. The Power of Play lecture will be held Tuesday, May 17, from 7-8:30 p.m. at The Marsh, 15000 Minnetonka Blvd, Minnetonka, MN. Register online for the U of M lecture at Contact The Marsh at for more information about the second lecture.

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