Psychology and neuroscience related courses.

Artificial Intelligence and Role-Playing Games.

Using Role-Playing Games to Enhance the Learning Process, from the Cognitive Neuropsychology Perspective

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Course Summary

This course mostly assumes normal/typical human cognitive functioning, how this applies to role-playing gaming and how role-playing gaming can impact this functioning.

Process covered include:

Goals of this course:

  • Basic understanding of cognitive processes.

  • Methods and techniques cognitive psychologists use.

  • How all of this applies to the real world.

The approaches discussed in this course can be applied to all RPG Formats in various ways,
with different strengths and weaknesses presenting in each format: Tabletop, Live-Action
(LARP), computer-based (including solo, multiplayer, augmented reality (AR), virtual reality
(VR), etc.), or solo adventure books/modules. Ideally a mix of all 4 formats would likely have
the most powerful effects for maximizing the learning experience in an educational setting.

A number of well researched techniques that can be used to increase the likelihood of participants
better encoding information into their memory are discussed.

  • Divided Attention considerations.

  • Deep Level processing.

  • Elaboration & distinctiveness

  • Reinforcement of existing knowledge to enhance interconnections.

  • Distributed-practice versus mass learning.

  • Effects of confidence.

  • Self and external assessment of competency of knowledge.

  • Sleep hygiene.

  • Medication considerations.

  • Optimal approaches, versus real-world challenges to implementation.

  • Technologies to enhance assessment and implementation.

  • The power of exploration.

  • Powerful "imagery" with all sense.

  • Narrative technique effects.

  • Self-reference effects.

  • Meaningful context.

  • Encoding-specificity.

  • Recall cues.

Topics List

  • Introduction

  • Introduction to Cognition & Brief History of Neuroscience.

  • Relationship of Mind, Brain, & Behavior

  • Cognitive Science

  • AI

  • Cognitive Neuroscience

  • Visual & Auditory perception

  • Attention & Conciousness

  • Working Memory

  • Long-Term Memory

  • Memory Strategies & Metacognition

  • Mental Imagery & Cognitive Maps

  • General Knowledge

  • Language

  • Language Comprehension

  • Language Production & Bilingualism

  • Problem Solving and Creativity

  • Deductive Reasoning & Decision Making

  • Cognitive Development Throughout the Lifespan