Gaming, what’s it good for? Find out at OHSU Brain Awareness talk with Dr. Adam Gazzaley

Here’s a science talk for your inner gamer (or if you’re not a gamer perhaps it might explain why gaming holds so much appeal to practitioners of the pastime).

Oregon Health Science University, as part of its Brain Awareness lecture series, is presenting “Gaming and the Brain,” a look at the “science behind your brain on games.”

A brain fair and brown bag series offer more resources parents can turn to, to enhance their children's education in scientific topics.

Video games, despite the criticisms and concerns you may have heard about them, also present opportunities for enhancing certain cognitive functions.

Dr. Adam Gazzaley — a physician, neurology professor and director of the Neuroscience Imaging Center at the University of California at San Francisco — will give the presentation from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29 in Newmark Theatre, 1111 S.W. Broadway.

Gazzaley’s talk will touch on the pros and cons of video games and the generations coming up who’ve been exposed to more electronic technology than any others prior.

In terms of pros and cons, video games have been investigated for their potential influence on the obesity epidemic, attention deficits and pronounced youth violence, but they also show promise for enhancing education, memory and high-level thinking.

Related to the latter topics, Gazzaley is a co-founder and chief science adviser for Akili Interactive Labs, a company developing therapeutic video games, and his research at UCSF focuses on the neural mechanisms of perception, attention and memory.

Tickets for the talk are $27 for general admission or $50 for reserved seating, plus fees. Discounts are available by using the code OHSU20.

For more information, go to the event’s Facebook page or OHSU’s Brain Institute website.

Susannah L. Bodman
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