Daphne Bavelier is an internationally-recognized expert on how humans learn. She received a PhD in brain and cognitive sciences from MIT and trained in human brain plasticity at the Salk Institute. She now directs a cognitive neuroscience research team at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and is a co-founding advisor to Akili Interactive, a company which develops clinically-validated cognitive therapeutics that exploit high-quality video games. Bavelier is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Council on Human Enhancement and previously served on the forum’s global agenda project “New Vision for Education: Unlocking the Potential of Technology.” Her 2012 TED Talk “Your Brain on Games” explored how fast-paced video games affect the brain.
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A range of mental skills appears to benefit from game play, including attention, faster processing of information, flexibility of switching from one task to another and visualizing the rotation of an object.
This study shows that media consumption can have complex and counter-intuitive effects on attentional control.
There is now substantial evidence showing that playing one sub-genre of video games, so-called ‘action video games’, leads to improvements in a broad set of behavioral abilities that extend well beyond the confines of the games themselves.
Action video games have a lot of ingredients that are actually really powerful for brain plasticity, learning, attention, and vision.
An interview with Bavelier about her research and its applications.
Six experts in the field shed light on our current understanding of the positive and negative ways in which playing video games can affect cognition and behavior, and explain how this knowledge can be harnessed for educational and rehabilitation purposes.