#LEGup on the science of learning games

  • 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.

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  • laurent

    Very interesting!

    November 30, 2013

  • Richard

    All the speakers were great and very interesting presentations. thank you!

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Steve T.

    Thoroughly enjoyed the live stream :) Thanks very much to all concerned for organising this. The two academics gave fascinating and highly stimulating talks on the neuroscience of gaming, and the developer showed how some of the key principles can be put into practice - Papa Sangre is a work of genius and fully deserves its stellar ranking on MetaCritic. I agree with one of the questioners that we can get a little fixated on dopamine and testing. But I also think a basic understanding of the neuroscience of gaming and learning is a prerequisite for successful development. As a developer (and former lecturer/teacher trainer) myself, I'm particularly interested in how short term engagement becomes long term learning and I'm working on solutions for that with my currents projects - an integrated learning toolkit and a language learning app. The former combines visual mapping with gaming. And the latter is based on clickable/tagged video. So context is key to both. Cheers, Steve

    3 · November 29, 2013

  • Leroy S.

    Hi Martha, sorry I couldn't make it last night, so looking forward to this. Will the filming be on line and when ?

    November 29, 2013

  • Clive R.

    Excellent evening; great speakers illuminating slightly out of the mainstream topics! More please.

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Andrew C.

    Thanks for a good one - my first but definitely not my last. Obv I have bought Papa Sangre immediately and look forward to an aural freak out!

    November 29, 2013

  • David S.

    Have had to give up on the stream. Please point me to the recording. Hope y'all are enjoying it.

    November 28, 2013

    • David S.

      I would get 10 seconds then it would freeze then crash. Could you post the link on here please?

      November 28, 2013

    • Martha H.

      Oh that's a shame, it did seem to be working for others but can you send more details about the system you were using to watch it on and we can look into that, useful to know. Can watch the videos here http://www.youtube.co...­

      November 29, 2013

  • Tony P.

    Three fascinating and informative sessions from excellent speakers - setting the benchmark really high! Looking forward to revisiting on video - rich content with lots to consider. Thanks for a great evening (nice pub and good beer, too)

    November 29, 2013

  • Martha H.

    Videos from last night now up on our new YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/edugameshub, check it out and spread the word!

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    It was amazing! All three talks! :D

    1 · November 29, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    It was really good. Lots to take in.

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • Eliot J.

    Thanks for the live stream, was great to be able to catch this.

    2 · November 28, 2013

  • Paul H.

    You can contact Taya to help her with her games research mentioned tonight by emailing: [masked] Thanks! :-)

    November 28, 2013

  • Raj J.

    Can we please have the presented slides?

    2 · November 28, 2013

    • Martha H.

      I'll see if I can sort that. The video will be up tomorrow too, all being well.

      1 · November 28, 2013

    • Raj J.

      Thanks. Slide preferred as easier to use/access and share with internal team.

      November 28, 2013

  • Jacqui C.

    I'm really sorry, but I've had to change my rsvp to release my ticket too. I'm sure its going to be a great event.

    November 28, 2013

  • Monica F.

    Sorry but I'm not able to attend the event tonight. Can you please release my 2 tickets? Thank Monica

    November 28, 2013

    • Martha H.

      Hi Monica, that's a shame. Can you change your rsvp to release them? Thanks!

      November 28, 2013

  • Sophie B.

    Sorry to miss this event. Will catch the stream I hope... Looks like a great crowd.

    November 28, 2013

  • Llies M.

    Will not be able to make this event. Relinquishing my stop for someone on the waiting list. Have fun.

    November 27, 2013

    • Llies M.

      Relinquishing my spot that is :-P

      November 27, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    You should start streaming these meetups :P

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Martha H.

      See update about the livestream, tell your friends in Portugal :)

      November 27, 2013

    • Fausto F.

      Yep.. Already did :D Great job! :D

      1 · November 27, 2013

  • Ben J.

    I can't come now so please someone take me place! have fun.

    November 27, 2013

  • Sunder A.

    Have to drop out due to an unexpected event... Hope to view the live stream.

    November 27, 2013

  • Des G

    Devastated I can't make this. Great news on the live stream Martha! However...will it be available offline, later too?

    November 27, 2013

  • Dan M.

    Sadly can't make it anymore (parents evening !). as per @fausto would love to see these session available offline and/or streamed

    November 24, 2013

    • Julia k.

      Hi Dan - Sorry to hear you can't make it. Could you make sure you change your RSVP - I am on the waiting list, so keeping an eye if a place frees up...

      November 25, 2013

    • Martha H.

      Hi Dan, see update above re livestream!

      November 27, 2013

  • Kate B.

    Gutted - now can't make this (have changed RSVP). See you next time!

    November 25, 2013

  • Fausto F.

    This is amazing! Great job getting these talks together! Looking forward to it!

    1 · November 24, 2013

  • Peter S.

    Hi Marta,
    are you / your community interested in crowdfunding?

    F-Invest London Ltd launched a new crowdfunding website.
    Our goal is to support projects and help creative people and developers bringing their ideas into effects.
    If you are looking for investors or backers for you project don´t hesitate to contact me.
    I am really interested how do you see the chance of crowd funded projects in your community.
    Projects which are financially supported by public, community, fans, etc.
    I would be happy to hear your opinion and looking forward to your response.
    Kind regards
    Peter Sido
    F-Invest London Ltd
    [masked]
    www.bridgefunding.co.uk.

    November 20, 2013

  • Selenium J.

    Hub there I'm new to android app development will be really intrest in learning them

    November 9, 2013

  • Eiman M.

    Interesting....is this the science behind 'learning games' or the science of learning any typr of game. See I got my double sided hat in.

    November 5, 2013

    • Martha H.

      The science behind educational games :)

      November 5, 2013

  • Imogen C.

    Looking forward to it

    November 5, 2013

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