For those who don’t know Jane McGonigal is the leading light of the gameification movement. Jane has been the leading advocate for games to become tools to improve society, rather than just time sucking escapism. Her book, Reality is Broken, is what inspired me to create the Avatar tutoring system used at YESS! tutoring. I recently got a chance to tell her a little about this project and she said that is sounded like a wonderful idea.
She was recently interviewed by CNN about the power of games to create positive change in people. Here is some of what she said:
“Because heaps of scientific evidence over the past few years – from an extremely diverse group of investigators, such as Brigham Young University’s School of Family Life, the U.S Army’s Mental Health Assessment Team, Michigan State University’s Department of Psychologyand Massachusetts General Hospital - have shown that games can increase our mental, emotional and social resilience.
Games can make us more resilient in the face of tough challenges, better able to learn from mistakes, more likely to cooperate with others on difficult problems and more creative in coming up with new solutions. They can alleviate depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress. New research from Stanford University just this month even shows, through fMRI imagery of the brain, exactly how games boost our motivation and self-efficacy at the neurological level. Games build up our belief that we can take positive steps to affect the outcome of our lives – and game help us be more motivated to take those steps and not give up.”
See more of her interview here.
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