Daphne Bavelier discusses the surprising ways videos games can affect the brain

If we want to help children succeed and thrive so that they can reach their full potential, we need to understand their mental, biological, and emotional needs.

Join Sean Sanders, Director and Senior Editor for Custom Publishing at Science, as he interviews outstanding researchers in a broad range of fields whose work either directly involves the study of children and adolescents or has a significant impact in their lives. Each interviewee is also the recipient of the Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize, awarded by the Jacobs Foundation, that recognizes exceptional achievements in the field of child and youth development.

Episode 10: Could playing video games impact learning ability?

What happens in our brains when we play video games? Does playing action video games influence social skills and emotional intelligence? What is the relationship between play behaviour and learning?

Listen in as Sean finds out the answers to these questions and more with today’s guest, Daphne Bavelier.

Daphne Bavelier is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Education Sciences at the University of Geneva in Switzerland. She studies how the brain adapts to new and different experiences, particularly the effect of playing video games, and how this can be leveraged to improve learning and brain plasticity.

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