Peter Gray

Peter Gray, research professor of psychology at Boston College, has published research in evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology; is author of Psychology (Worth Publishers), a leading introductory college textbook now in its 6th edition; and is a well-known authority on children’fs play. He earned his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and Ph.D at the Rockefeller University. His recent research and writings have focused on the roles of play in hunter-gatherers social life and education, the relation between play deprivation and mental disorders among children today, and the conditions that optimize children’fs abilities to bring their playfulness and curiosity to bear on their own education. He is author of Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self Reliant, and Better Prepared for Life (Basic Books, March, 2013), and he writes a popular blog called Freedom to Learn for Psychology Today magazine.

Recent Posts

August 23, 2022 in Health, Psychology

The Anxiety Epidemic in Children: What are the Causes?

Rates of anxiety and depression have been rising in children since the 1980’s and might have accelerated during the last ten years.
Read More
June 30, 2017 in Education, Webinar

[WEBINAR] Learning from Evolution About Childhood & Education: A Conversation With Peter Gray

Join Child Development expert Dr. Peter Gray, Research Professor at Boston College and a regular contributor to "Psychology Today", as he discusses evolutionary perspectives on childhood development and education.
Read More
May 15, 2014 in Education

Is The Ability To Learn Language Different From The Ability To Learn Math?

David Geary has outlined an evolutionary perspective on education that assumes a rather clear distinction between “primary” and “secondary” abilities. He contends that children acquire primary abilities (e.g. native language…
Read More