Psychology and Neuroscience seminar: Dr Nathan Emery Free.

Dr Nathan Emery’s seminar is titled: A Comparative Psychology of Fun & Games. The seminar will begin at 1pm in the Old Library.

Abstract:

Despite being an essential part of modern human life, with innumerable benefits to physical and mental health and wellbeing, fun has received scant attention from psychological research. In this talk, I propose a number of ways to begin a comparative study of play behaviour in animals and adult humans, especially focusing on games as a psychological tool. I will describe some of our studies investigating the play behaviour of corvids and parrots, including how they play different problem-solving games. I will then present a taxonomy of different game design mechanics in human tabletop games and how they could be studied within a cognitive framework.

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