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Handb Clin Neurol. 2020;168:117-136. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-444-63934-9.00010-X.

Video games as rich environments to foster brain plasticity.

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1
School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel.
2
Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland; Campus Biotech, University of Geneva, Geneva, Switzerland. Electronic address: daphne.bavelier@unige.ch.

Abstract

This chapter highlights the key role of two main factors, attentional control and reward processing, in unlocking brain plasticity. We first review the evidence for the role that each of these mechanisms plays in neuroplasticity, and then make the case that tools and technologies that combine these two are likely to result in maximal and broad, generalized benefits. In this context, we review the evidence concerning the impact of video game play on brain plasticity, with an eye toward plasticity-driving methods such as the seamless integration of neurofeedback into the video game platforms.

KEYWORDS:

Attentional control; Brain plasticity; Cognitive training; Neurofeedback; Neuroplasticity; Reward; Video games

Conflict of interest statement

Conflict of Interests D.B. declares being a founding partner and scientific advisor to Akili Interactive Inc. M.N. was an employee of Posit Science Inc. between 2008 and 2016, and a paid consultant to the company between 2016 and 2017.

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