Abstract

Despite enhanced appreciation of the nature and scope of the cognitive advantages of playing games, our understanding of the actual mechanisms responsible for generating and maintaining these remains limited. In this chapter, the authors propose that viewing these changes from the information processing perspective of executive functions will help to elucidate the psychological infrastructure that underpins these gains. They apply Anderson’s model of executive functions to understanding how games support visual-perceptual processing and higher-level thinking and problem solving. As well as extending our appreciation of how digital games can support learning, research on executive functions highlights the implications of the limitations of our cognitive systems for game design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPsychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games
EditorsM. Connolly Thomas, Hainey Thomas, Boyle Elizabeth, Baxter Gavin, Moreno-Ger Pablo
Place of PublicationHershey, PA, USA
PublisherIdea Group Inc
Pages19-46
Number of pages28
ISBN (Print)9781466647732
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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Boyle, E., Terras, M. M., Ramsay, J., & Boyle, J. M. E. (2014). Executive Functions in Digital Games. In M. C. Thomas, H. Thomas, B. Elizabeth, B. Gavin, & M-G. Pablo (Eds.), Psychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games (pp. 19-46). Hershey, PA, USA: Idea Group Inc. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4773-2.ch002
Boyle, Elizabeth ; Terras, Melody M. ; Ramsay, Judith ; Boyle, James M. E. / Executive Functions in Digital Games. Psychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games. editor / M. Connolly Thomas ; Hainey Thomas ; Boyle Elizabeth ; Baxter Gavin ; Moreno-Ger Pablo. Hershey, PA, USA : Idea Group Inc, 2014. pp. 19-46
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Boyle, E, Terras, MM, Ramsay, J & Boyle, JME 2014, Executive Functions in Digital Games. in MC Thomas, H Thomas, B Elizabeth, B Gavin & M-G Pablo (eds), Psychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games. Idea Group Inc, Hershey, PA, USA, pp. 19-46. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-4666-4773-2.ch002

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Psychology, Pedagogy, and Assessment in Serious Games. ed. / M. Connolly Thomas; Hainey Thomas; Boyle Elizabeth; Baxter Gavin; Moreno-Ger Pablo. Hershey, PA, USA : Idea Group Inc, 2014. p. 19-46.

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