Abstract

In recent years, the study of play has developed into its own branch of psychological inquiry and research. The study of play has expanded to include the examination of playfulness as a trait in adults. The literature on adult playfulness has generated multiple approaches to measuring playfulness as a psychological construct, with assessments using internal traits and external behavior to quantify playfulness in adults. Utilizing both approaches, this research aimed to identify connections between adult playfulness and other facets of human cognition and behavior. Specifically, this study explored various heuristics and individual differences, such as numeracy and materialism, to determine whether there is a connection between these tendencies and an adult’s proclivity for playfulness.

Advisor

Wilhelms, Evan

Department

Psychology

Disciplines

Personality and Social Contexts

Publication Date

2018

Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis

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