November 28, 2013 · 6:00 PM
Very pleased to announce the full details for this LEGup on the science behind games and learning. We have a great new venue, the Ukie HQ on Lambs Conduit St (thanks Ukie!) and three brilliant speakers, details below. Please note that we will be opening the doors at 6pm and our first speaker will be on soon after that so don't be late! Pub afterwards, of course.
• Paul Howard-Jones (Graduate School of Education, University of Bristol) researches at the interface between neuroscience and educational theory, practice and policy, and he publishes in all associated areas. His scientific research combines neurocomputational modelling with functional brain imaging in order to explore the relationship between reward and learning, as applied to learning games. He'll be talking about "Minds, brains and learning games": insights from neuroscience are helping to explain why video games are so engaging and research suggests that, unlike most other types of technology, they may be a ‘‘special’’ environmental influence.
• Paul Bennun is Chief Creative Officer of Somethin' Else —the leading Content Design and Creation Company. He's going to be talking to us about Papa Sangre, the video game with no video. It synthesises sound for headphones that matches how sounds physically near the listener would sound at different locations — in other words, it's oculus rift for the ears. This is physics, psychology, art and code.
• Ben Lewis Evans has a PhD in Human Factors psychology and works as a Games User Researcher for Player Research in Brighton. He will be speaking about dopamine. Certain games and game mechanics are sometimes described as giving players a "shot of dopamine". But what does this mean? Is it good? Is it bad? Is it pseudo-scientific techno-babble? This talk will lay out the current science on dopamine and how it relates to games.
We've reached capacity, so I've had to close the event, but if you still want to come go on the waiting list and if someone else drops out you will automatically be added and notified. If you now can't come please change your RSVP so someone else can.
UPDATE: We will have a livestream! Leon Cych from new online channel Learn 4 Life (in-depth news about innovation in education in the UK and the world), launching Saturday, is kindly streaming the event for us. Watch here: http://new.livestream.com/L4L/legup.