Dr. Adam Gazzaley: Video Games as Cognitive Enhancers

Video Games As Cognitive Enhancers

Dr. Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D., Founding Director, Neuroscience Imaging Center, UCSF; Associate Professor of Neurology, Physiology and Psychiatry, UCSF

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Our brains exhibit an amazing ability to modify both their structure and function in response to new experiences throughout our lives, a phenomenon known as neuroplasticity. Efforts to capitalize on neuroplasticity have led to the development of brain training software to improve cognitive abilities in healthy adults, as well as those suffering from cognitive impairment. There is emerging evidence showing the power of commercially available video games to improve cognitive function and transfer skills to different domains. Dr. Gazzaley will present data that demonstrate the range of cognitive abilities enhanced by action video game play, the methods used to study this, and the elements of video games that we believe most strongly mediate these effects. He will also describe the latest research by his laboratory to understand brain mechanisms that underlie video game-induced cognitive enhancement.

MLF: Health & Medicine
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
$20 standard, MEMBERS FREE, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: Patty James

September 10, 2012