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How to assess gaming-induced benefits on attention and working memory

Published inGames for health journal, vol. 1, no. 3, p. 192-198
Publication date2012

Our daily actions are driven by our goals in the moment, constantly orcing us to choose among various options. Attention and working memory are key enablers of that process. Attention allows for selective processing of goal-relevant information and rejecting task-irrelevant information. Working memory functions to maintain goal-relevant information in memory for brief periods of time for subsequent recall and/or manipulation. Efficient attention and working memory thus support the best extraction and retention of environmental information for optimal task performance. Recent studies have evidenced that attention and working memory abilities can be enhanced by cognitive training games as well as entertainment videogames. Here we review key cognitive paradigms that have been used to evaluate the impact of game-based training on various aspects of attention and working memory. Common use of such methodology within the scientific community will enable direct comparison of the efficacy of different games across age groups and clinical populations. The availability of common assessment tools will ultimately facilitate development of the most effective forms of game-based training for cognitive rehabilitation and education

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MISHRA, Jyoti, BAVELIER, Daphné, GAZZALEY, Adam. How to assess gaming-induced benefits on attention and working memory. In: Games for health journal, 2012, vol. 1, n° 3, p. 192–198. doi: 10.1089/g4h.2011.0033
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