Lecture on 'Video Gaming, Health and Cognition' set for Oct. 1

Sept. 24, 2013 -  Susan Krauss Whitbourne, professor of psychology and director of the Office of National Scholarship Advisement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will give the keynote lecture, "Video Gaming, Health and Cognition," at Quinnipiac University's Interdisciplinary Program for Research Scholarship's Fall Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 3 p.m. in the Clarice L. Buckman Theater on the Mount Carmel Campus.

"The highly popular casual video games being played by millions around the world seem to have the potential to benefit cognitive, and even physical, health," Whitbourne said.

This talk will focus on the key cognitive features of one of the most widely-played three-match games and show how both older and younger adults can benefit from even relatively brief episodes of game play. Data from an ongoing study of positive training effects on attention in older adults will also be presented. The talk will conclude with the benefits of cognitive plasticity for individuals and society as a whole.

Whitbourne received her doctorate in developmental psychology from Columbia University and completed a postdoctoral re-specialization program in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the author of more than 140 refereed articles and book chapters and 15 books.

Following Whitbourne's lecture, 13 Quinnipiac students from the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Business and Engineering, School of Communications, School of Education, School of Health Sciences and School of Nursing will present the results of their eight-week summer undergraduate research experiences.

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call 203-582-8652.