C. Shawn Green: Harnessing the power of video games for learning

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C. Shawn Green
C. Shawn Green
Video games naturally instantiate many properties known to be critical in producing human learning. Here I will discuss some of the key features found in all good video games known to enhance various parts of the learning process – from promoting a desire to learn and motivation to persist in learning despite obstacles, to appropriately modulating difficulty to ensure informative learning signals are consistently produced, to putting the brain in a state that is permissive for large-scale plasticity. I will also cover some of the specific features found in a sub-type of video games that my lab has spent a great deal of time studying, which we dub “action video games,” along with the research demonstrating that playing such games is capable of producing enhancements a broad set of human perceptual and cognitive functions.


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