Cardiff University | Prifysgol Caerdydd ORCA
Online Research @ Cardiff 
WelshClear Cookie - decide language by browser settings

What is happening in children’s brains when they are playing pretend?

Aanestad, Emma, John, Marvellous, Melkonyan, Eliza, Hashmi, Salim, Gerson, Sarah ORCID: and Vanderwert, Ross ORCID: 2021. What is happening in children’s brains when they are playing pretend? Frontiers for Young Minds 10.3389/frym.2021.644083

[thumbnail of frym-09-644083.pdf]
PDF - Published Version
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution.

Download (1MB) | Preview


Our brains are active while we learn, work, and even play! We wanted to find out what parts of the brain kids use when they play with dolls. Because pretend play with dolls might involve imagining how other people act and feel, we thought that the areas of the brain used for thinking about other people might be particularly important during doll play. If this is true, do kids use these parts of the brain in all types of pretend play or is there something special about playing with dolls? Are the brain regions that are important for thinking about other people used in the same way when playing with an iPad vs. with dolls? Do kids use the social parts of their brains when playing pretend on their own, or only with a friend? Let us talk about what we found!

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Cardiff University Centre for Human Development Science (CHDS)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 13 December 2021
Date of Acceptance: 29 November 2021
Last Modified: 05 May 2023 06:55

Actions (repository staff only)

Edit Item Edit Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics