2010- A Study of Biofeedback in a Gaming Environment

by Victoria Jesswein last modified 2020-09-13T17:26:51-07:00
Xin Du Simon Fraser University, Canada Stephen R. Campbell Simon Fraser University, Canada David Kaufman Simon Fraser University, Canada INTROdUCTION This chapter reports on a collaboration between the SAGE for Learning project and ENGRAM/ME. ENGRAM/ME (Educational Neuroscience Group for Research into Affect and Mentation / in Mathematics Education, www.engrammetron.net) is a diverse collection of researchers with a special but not restricted emphasis in mathematics education, concerned with augmenting educational research with methods and results from psychophysiology and cognitive neuroscience (Campbell, with the ENL Group, 2007). The central hub for ENGRAM/ ME activities is the ENGRAMMETRON, the second author’s state-of-the-art educational neuroscience laboratory in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, where the research reported herein was conducted. AbSTRACT This chapter reports on a study of biofeedback in a gaming environment incorporating the acquisition and analysis of physiological data sets in tandem with other behavioral and self-report data sets. Preliminary results presented here provide some groundwork toward subsequent study in this area, as more comprehensive and detailed treatments will require further research. The main contribution and focus of this chapter concerns our experiences in applying methods not typically available to educational researchers. Our results are promising, though they cannot be taken to be definitive. Further developments and applications of these methods will lead to more detailed investigations as to what people may learn or gain from biofeedback in gaming environments, along with interdependencies of biofeedback and gaming pertaining to affect, motivation, behavior and cognition, and perhaps especially, to learning anxiety.

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