Critic proofing of cognitive aspects of simple games

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Martinovic, D., Ezeife, C., Whent, R., Reed, J., Burgess, J., Pomerleau, C., Yang, Y. and Chaturvedi, R. 2013. Critic proofing of cognitive aspects of simple games. Computers and Education. 72, pp. 132-144. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2013.10.017
AuthorsMartinovic, D., Ezeife, C., Whent, R., Reed, J., Burgess, J., Pomerleau, C., Yang, Y. and Chaturvedi, R.
Abstract

This paper posits the use of computer games as cognitive development tools that can provide players with transferable skills suitable for learning in the 21st century. We describe a method for categorizing single-player computer games according to the main cognitive function(s) engaged in by the player during gaming. Categorization was done in collaboration with a neuropsychologist, academic researchers, and research assistants.

Twelve research assistants, mostly domain novices, were trained to categorize games according to a cognitive matrix developed by the neuropsychologist. They also categorized the games, and evaluated and commented on the relevance of the neuropsychologist's categorization of the games. Through the process of “critic proofing,” computer games were reliably classified into primary and secondary cognitive categories, and the team was able to identify problems with both the categorization of certain games and the definitions of some of the cognitive functions in our cognitive matrix. Such an approach allowed for the identification of under-populated cognitive categories in the project's existing repository of games, and for further development of the cognitive representation framework, information useful for both researchers and designers in the gaming industry.

KeywordsComputer games; cognition; learning; reliable coding; critic-proofing
Year2013
JournalComputers and Education
Journal citation72, pp. 132-144
PublisherElsevier
ISSN0360-1315
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2013.10.017
Publication dates
Online09 Nov 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited31 Jul 2019
Accepted31 Oct 2013
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