Target: Daphne Bavelier and Richard J. Davidson
Goal: Thank scientists for encouraging their colleagues to work with game developers
The connection between video games and education has gotten a little stronger thanks to the efforts of two committed neuroscientists. Daphne Bavelier of the University of Rochester along with Richard J. Davidson of the University of Wisconsin are encouraging their colleagues to work with game developers in order to create new games and programs that help exercise the brain.
After attending a meeting held at the White House in which the idea of using interactive technology (such as video games) to help study the brain was presented, both Bavelier and Davidson set out to conduct their own studies. Bavelier’s lab team has been working with new media and how it can best be used to foster learning while Davidson has been spearheading an educational game-development project that’s being funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Both neuroscientists have also been actively encouraging their colleagues and peers to not only incorporate interactive media into their studies but to also work with game developers to create new games that help boost brain functions and produce positive behavioral affects such as improved empathy and decreased anxiety. Please help support Bavelier’s and Davidson’s efforts by signing this petition.
Dear Daphne Bavelier and Richard J. Davidson,
Thank you for all your efforts towards closing the divide between gaming and education. Not only have you dealt a heavy blow to the myth that games offer no positive effect on the brain, you’ve also made sure the divide will continue to shrink by encouraging your colleagues and peers to work with game developers as well.
The ignorant belief that video games are nothing more than brain-rotting killing-fests has, sadly, been a prevalent part of our culture for many years now. Hopefully your colleagues will be just as fervent in their fight to change that belief as you are. By signing this petition, I am showing my support for you, your cause, your research, and any good that comes from them either from you or your colleagues.
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