Professor Peter Gray will be one of twenty speakers and entertainers to hit the stage at TEDxAsburyPark 2018 – Passion on Saturday, May 19th at the Paramount Theatre on the Asbury Park Boardwalk. Enjoy an unforgettable and inspiring day as he presents his talk “How Passionate Interests Develop”

Professor Gray is a research professor at Boston College ( whose work focuses on the role of play in human evolution and development. He is the author of the book Free to Learn and authors a regular blog for Psychology Today, and is the president of the nonprofit Alliance for Self-Directed Education (

He has conducted and published research in comparative, evolutionary, developmental, and educational psychology. His current research and writing focus primarily on children’s natural ways of learning and the life-long value of play. His own play includes not only his research and writing, but also long-distance bicycling, kayaking, backwoods skiing, and vegetable gardening.

Dr. Gray spoke at TEDxNavesink in 2014 on the Decline of Play.  You can view that Talk here.

You can purchase tickets to hear Dr. Gray speak at TEDxAsburyPark Passion by clicking here.

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