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Understanding how the brain learns, functions and stays healthy.
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The neuroscience of Pokemon Go

The neuroscience of Pokemon Go | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Pokémon Go is a free, location-based, augmented reality game — but why is it so popular? To understand, let’s look at the neuroscience behind Pokémon Go. Here are 4 ideas that can explain how…
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Great insights that explain how Pokemon Go excites our brains..
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The Walking Dead, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy

The Walking Dead, Mirror Neurons, and Empathy | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

 By what psychological, neurological, and biological mechanisms do video games like The Walking Dead get us to not only empathize with characters onscreen, but also share their emotions?

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Video Games Affect the Brain—for Better and Worse - Dana Foundation

Video Games Affect the Brain—for Better and Worse - Dana Foundation | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

We hear conflicting reports about how video games affect our brains. One study will suggest that video games help us learn; another might imply that they make young people more aggressive. Douglas A. Gentile argues that how games influence our brains is not an either-or proposition; games can have both positive and negative consequences, and which of these researchers find depends on what they are testing. Gentile proposes that researchers focus their investigations on five attributes of video game design to tease out these disparate effects.

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TEDxEnola: Dr. Judy Willis — Neuroscience in the Classroom

TEDxEnola: Dr. Judy Willis — Neuroscience in the Classroom | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

From Neuroscience Lab to the Classroom" Great video presentation by neurologist and educator, Dr. Judy Willis. Discusses Neuro-logical strategies from the video game model of learning.

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Brain games that improve your health

Brain games that improve your health | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
It sounds like it’s all fun and games, but research shows these tools may actually help you improve your willpower, self-esteem, memory and more.
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Ten Surprising Truths about Video Games and Learning | MindShift

Ten Surprising Truths about Video Games and Learning | MindShift | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

There’s been a revolution in the learning sciences and the new theories say that human beings learn from experiences – that our brains can store every experience we’ve had, and that’s what informs our learning process.Following that logic, he says, the best kind of learning comes as a result of well-designed experiences. Gee, who spoke at the Learning and the Brain Conference last week, used this theory to launch into research-validated reasons why video games are good for learning. Here are 10 truths, according to Gee. 

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Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction | Psychology Today

Neuroscience Insights from Video Game & Drug Addiction | Psychology Today | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The video games MODEL can boost children's motivated learning. By Dr. Judy Willis, M.D., M.Ed....
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A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia

A Neurologist Makes the Case for the Video Game Model as a Learning Tool | Edutopia | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Blogger Judy Willis MD was a neurologist before she became a teacher; she shares some insights about how the brain responds to video games. A great explanation and argument for use of the video game model in learning.

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The Neurology of Gaming | Infographic

The Neurology of Gaming | Infographic | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Video games can be used to educate through repetition and feedback, but they can also have some less-than-positive side effects. Learn about how video games can improve the educational experience as well as hinder it."

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Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study

Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
ABC News (blog) Brain Games May Help Thwart Alzheimer's: Study ABC News (blog)   Researchers behind a study in this week's Archives of Neurology say they have a found a link between “brain-stimulating activities” and levels of protein thought to cause...

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Stroop Test: great Brain Teaser | SharpBrains

Stroop Test: great Brain Teaser | SharpBrains | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
The Stroop test is used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure mental vitality and flexibility, since performing well requires strong attention and self-regulation capability.
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Infographic: Brains, Games and Learning

Infographic: Brains, Games and Learning | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Knowing how dopamine-releasing activities can aid student learning could spur changes in classroom instruction.
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The Mechanics of the Brain (Interactive)

The Mechanics of the Brain (Interactive) | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

An unprecedented research project in one Virginia community, the Roanoke Brain Study, uses a variety of games to explore how interactions and other factors shape our brains and decisions.
Check out this interactive to see what insights researchers can learn from these four behavioral games.

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Inside the gaming brain

Inside the gaming brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

In this recent lecture, Professor William O'Connor translates cutting-edge neuroscience to answer such questions as how a gamers brain is ‘formed’ and illuminate the brain processes involved in generating creati...

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Moulding Young Minds-Tom Chatfield

Moulding Young Minds-Tom Chatfield | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

Digital culture does not ruin children’s brains. In fact, it may help them learn better.... Given that the defining quality of all digital media is its interactivity, making these interactions precisely responsive to the nature of our minds is one of the 21st century’s most exciting frontiers.

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What Games Have to Teach Us About Teaching and Learning: Game Design as a Model for Course and Curricular Development | Currents in Electronic Literacy

What Games Have to Teach Us About Teaching and Learning: Game Design as a Model for Course and Curricular Development | Currents in Electronic Literacy | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

This paper will argue that the schema and elements that game designers use in creating games can analogously be used as frameworks for reconsidering the structures of classroom experiences, syllabi, and even program development. It will show how the lessons learned from the work game designers do and the experiences that gamers have in game situations can be utilized by teachers looking to evolve their practice in a manner that better prepares their students for contemporary society.


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Video Games in the Brain: Study Shows How Gaming Impacts Brain Function to Inspire Healthy Behavior

Video Games in the Brain: Study Shows How Gaming Impacts Brain Function to Inspire Healthy Behavior | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
New research published in peer-reviewed scientific journal PLoS ONE demonstrates that specially designed games can boost positive psychology...
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Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain | Video on TED.com

Tom Chatfield: 7 ways games reward the brain | Video on TED.com | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
TED Talks We're bringing gameplay into more aspects of our lives, spending countless hours -- and real money -- exploring virtual worlds for imaginary treasures. Why?
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When Gaming Is Good for You/Gaming and the Brain

When Gaming Is Good for You/Gaming and the Brain | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception.


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Dr Paul Howard-Jones - Neuroscience, Games & Learning

Dr Paul Howard-Jones, a leading expert on the role of neuroscience in educational practice and policy with a particular interest in how gaming engages the brain and the application of this knowledge in education. Paul discusses the findings of his recent research that reviews the potential effects of video games and social media on the brain. Can Google rewire the brain? What are the impact of technologies on human well being?

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Exergaming may offer older people cognitive benefits - Los Angeles Times

Exergaming may offer older people cognitive benefits - Los Angeles Times | Learning, Brain & Cognitive Fitness | Scoop.it
Los Angeles TimesExergaming may offer older people cognitive benefitsLos Angeles TimesExergames -- exercise combined with virtual reality -- might give a cognitive boost to older people more than regular workouts, researchers have found.
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