Doll play teaches children more than we think

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Dr Sarah Gerson, a neuroscientist from Cardiff University in the UK, has studied how doll play can help children develop social skills,
Dr Sarah Gerson, a neuroscientist from Cardiff University in the UK, has studied how doll play can help children develop social skills,

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Parents may scoff at the idea of buying dolls for their children, especially during the current economic crisis in which everyone’s budget is tight, but new research shows that doll play actually gives you more bang for your buck than you may think.

It has been a long-held notion that play – including pretend play – aids a child’s social and cognitive development. However, there has been little scientific evidence to back this up, particularly regarding the neural regions that are activated when children are engaged in play.

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