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How Schools Kill Motivation, and How to Regain it as an Adult with Dr. Peter Gray

Peter gray is a research psychologist, viral TEDx presenter, professor at Boston college, author, and a brilliant and controversial ( the best kind, eh?) learning theorist. Peter Grays’s research specializes in the role and importance of play in learning, and how non traditional student- driven educational environments effect students in the long term , like the Unschooling and Sudbury movements.

In this episode we jammed on a whole range of issues ranging from, if kids need school to become well educated ( Peter Gray’s research indicates that they don’t), to specific, and easy to implement, techniques for infusing a sense of play and intrinsic motivation in your every day adult life.

  • Peter Gray, Ph.D
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Peter Gray, Ph.D

Peter Gray, Ph.D., research professor at Boston College, is author of Free to Learn (Basic Books, 2013) and Psychology (Worth Publishers, a college textbook now in its 7th edition). He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. He did his undergraduate study at Columbia University and earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences at Rockefeller University. His current research and writing focus primarily on children's natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long distance bicycling, kayaking, back-woods skiing, and vegetable gardening.

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