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The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Debra Lieberman and Erica Biely

Center for Digital Games Research, UCSB

Using Spatial Experience in Digital Games to Support Learning and Health Behavior Change

Phelps Hall 3512 (map)
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Kids on BikesAbstract. Digital games are worlds in which players explore, tackle challenging problems, and see the consequences of their actions.  In this talk, we will present several approaches to game design that have used time and space to enhance motivation, engagement, understanding, learning, and behavior change, and research findings on their effectiveness.

Debra Lieberman, Ph.D., directs the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB. From 2007 to 2013, at UCSB, she directed the Health Games Research national program. She conducts research on cognitive and emotional processing of digital media and games with a focus on improving user engagement, learning, and health behavior.

Erica Biely, MA, is Associate Director of the Center for Digital Games Research at UCSB. Previously she served as Deputy Director of the Health Games Research national program, headquartered at UCSB. Her research interests include media effects, entertainment-education, behavioral health, and health promotion.

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.
Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, aballatore@spatial.ucsb.edu) to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.

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