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The Neuroscience of Games and Gamifying Science

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This session aired at ScIC6 Science is Cool Virtual Unconference on Thursday, July 29, 2021.

What are the beneficial effects of video games on the brain? Should parents embrace video games more? How can games rewire our brains and help with memorization? Find out the answers to these questions and more. Dr. Tyson has the ability to explain complicated science to everyone and what better way to digest it than with a humorous spin from the added comedic flair of Chuck Nice and the details of the inner workings of the human brain with Dr. Heather Berlin.




Neil deGrasse Tyson American astrophysicist, planetary scientist, author, and science communicator

Dr. Tyson was born in New York City the same week NASA was founded. His interest in the universe traces back to age 9, after a first visit to the Hayden Planetarium of the American Museum of Natural History. He was educated in the public schools of New York City through his graduation from the Bronx High School of Science. And after a BA in Physics from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Astrophysics from Columbia and a Postdoctoral research fellowship at Princeton, Tyson become the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium, where he has served since 1996.


Chuck Nice American stand-up comedian and radio personality

Chuck is a Philadelphia native and an 18-year veteran of stand-up comedy with a rich history in television and radio. Chuck has hosted numerous shows on television and is a regular contributor to the Today Show. Despite his busy schedule, Chuck still finds time to hit the clubs delighting audiences with his storytelling brand of stand-up comedy.


Dr. Heather Berlin Dual-trained cognitive neuroscientist and clinical psychologist

Dr. Berlin is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York and a frequent guest on StarTalk. 

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