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TEDxCHUV - Daphne Bavelier - Your brains on action games

Surprisingly, playing what most of society?perceives as potentially harmful games results?into long lasting beneficial effects on brain and?behavior; in contrast, multimedia tasking an?activity cherished by our society has detrimental impacts. Clearly the effect of media use are?far from intuitive!Daphne Bavelier is an internationally-recognized expert on how humans learn. In particular,?she studies how the brain adapts to changes in experience, either by nature - for example,?deafness - or by training - for example, playing video games.? Initially trained in Biology at?the 'Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris', she then received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive?Sciences from MIT and trained in human brain plasticity at the Salk Institute.? Her work?shows that playing fast-paced, action-packed entertainment video games typically thought?to be mind-numbing actually benefits several aspects of behavior.? Exploiting this counterintuitive finding, her lab now investigates how new media, such as video games, can be?leveraged to foster learning and brain plasticity.About TEDx:In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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