Chick to give keynote address at Association for Study of Play meeting

February 27, 2013

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Garry Chick, head of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management at Penn State, will give a keynote address at the 39th annual Conference of the Association for the Study of Play to be held March 6-9, 2013, in Newark, Del.

The theme of the conference is "Play as a Pathway." Speakers will address the topic of play from various research, theory or advocacy perspectives.

Chick's talk, titled "Do Birds of a Playful Feather Flock Together? Or Do Opposites Attract," will focus on whether individuals claim to seek playful mates if they see themselves as playful.

"Traits such as playfulness, having a good sense of humor and being fun loving should be highly regarded by both males and females in potential long-term mates, although for different reasons," said Chick. "Our research supports this. The purpose of my presentation is to discuss whether individuals who indicate that they prefer individuals who are playful, fun loving and have a good sense of humor also claim to exhibit those traits themselves."

Chick's background is in cultural anthropology, and his current research focuses on leisure and culture, the culture-behavior relationship and play theory. He has conducted field research in Mexico, the northeastern United States, mainland China and Taiwan.  He was formerly the editor-in-chief of the journal Leisure Sciences, is a past president of the Association for the Study of Play and of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, is a founding member of the Society for Anthropological Sciences and is a fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Chick taught at the University of Illinois for over 17 years before coming to Penn State in 1999. He also has taught as a visiting professor at West Virginia University, the University of Wageningen in The Netherlands and the University of Costa Rica. He became head of the Department of Recreation, Park and Tourism Management in 2009.


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    Garry Chick

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Last Updated February 28, 2013