Daphne Bavelier, Ph.D. an expert in cognitive neuroscience , will describe how entertainment and action- packed video games, initially thought as mindless, can induce brain plasticity and a surprisingly vast array of improvements.
Jan L. Plass, a scholar and designer of learning with simulations and games, will discuss how games need to be designed to be effective for
learning and for development of cognitive skills.
Dr. Edith Ackermann is an Honorary Professor of Psychology at the University of Aix-Marseille, France, and is a Visiting Scientist at the MIT School of Architecture. She coaches graduate students and consults for companies, institutions, and organizations interested in the intersections between learning, teaching, design, and digital technologies.