33 episodes

I examine how cognitive psychology can help explain and inform how we play games. Each episode looks at how a particular cognitive phenomenon affects game playing. All types of games are considered, from board games to video games to games of chance. Check out cognitivegamer.com for more information.

Cognitive Gamer Stephen Blessing

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    • 4.9 • 12 Ratings

I examine how cognitive psychology can help explain and inform how we play games. Each episode looks at how a particular cognitive phenomenon affects game playing. All types of games are considered, from board games to video games to games of chance. Check out cognitivegamer.com for more information.

    Episode 33: Get Your Head in the Game

    Episode 33: Get Your Head in the Game

    This episode considers how best to learn and teach games. Are there particular techniques that enables people to learn games more quickly and efficiently, and that also results in a longer memory for those rules? Game References Fog of Love, … Continue reading →

    • 22 min
    Episode 32: From the Bottom to the Top and Back Again

    Episode 32: From the Bottom to the Top and Back Again

    When processing information, humans use both the information coming through our senses and previously stored knowledge. This is referred to as bottom-up versus top-down processing. This podcast explores how this occurs when we play games. Game References Paranormal Detective Research … Continue reading →

    • 17 min
    Episode 31: I Think I Know What You Know

    Episode 31: I Think I Know What You Know

    Show Notes When playing games, we find it useful to consider what other players know, and how that affects game play. Psychologists study theory of mind, our concept of what other people know. Dr. Jennifer Blessing and I discuss how … Continue reading →

    • 28 min
    Episode 30: The Invisible Boardgame

    Episode 30: The Invisible Boardgame

    I ruminate on playing games online and how that relates to both game and interface design, as well as how humans experience emotion. This has ties to me planning to teach my Cognition of Game Playing as an online class … Continue reading →

    • 17 min
    Episode 29: This is Like That: The Importance of Analogies

    Episode 29: This is Like That: The Importance of Analogies

    In talking about a game, we almost always make references to past games in order to describe or teach the new game. What does cognitive psychology have to say about analogy use, in terms of how prevalent and useful it … Continue reading →

    • 14 min
    Episode 28: From Novice to Expert in One Easy Step

    Episode 28: From Novice to Expert in One Easy Step

    What happens, cognitively speaking, as we move from novice to expert in a game? The episode examines changes in memory and strategy as people gain experience not only games, but in other mental and physical activities as well. Game References … Continue reading →

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
12 Ratings

12 Ratings

RUMPU5 ,

Brain + Games

This podcast is the perfect blend of interests I have. Topic by topic discussion of human cognition as it relates to gaming. I wish the episodes were a bit longer, but it makes it easier to listen to the same episode more than once!

Kennelicios ,

Great Podcast

This podcast is the perfect length to listen to when driving around town or to and from work. The podcast explains the psychology behind gaming in a very easy to listen manner.

AnitraSmith ,

Interesting and not too long

A nice relatively short podcast. The host explains psychological factors that influence our decision making and how we play games (both video games and board games). An easy listen and very approachable.

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