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UC Riverside Brain Game Center to host open house on March 22

The UCR Brain Game Center will host an open house on March 22.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – Imagine if you could see better, think more clearly, improve your memory, and even become more intelligent through simple training done on your own computer, smartphone, or tablet. That’s the goal of the research taking place at the University of California, Riverside Brain Game Center, which will host an open house on Wednesday, March 22.

“The mission of UCR’s Brain Game Center is to research, test, and disseminate evidence-based, scientifically optimized brain fitness games that yield benefit to real-life activities,” said Aaron Seitz, director of the Brain Game Center, and professor of psychology at UCR. “It’s the only university-based research center focused on the research of brain-training games, with a track record of making tested procedures publicly available so that people can try them out for themselves.”

Aaron Seitz sitting in a baseball stadium.

Aaron Seitz, director of the Brain Game Center and psychology professor at UC Riverside.

With a diverse team of researchers from psychologists and neuroscientists to computer scientists, game designers, artists and writers, as well as medical and education experts, the Center is working toward targeting a wide-range of cognitive abilities in the following areas:

  • Perception (audition, vision, haptics)
  • Memory
  • Attention
  • Executive Function
  • Language Skills
  • Happiness and Well-Being

Since its formation in 2015, the Brain Game Center has been working on several ongoing projects and has received several grants focused on both brain training and how to accurately measure people’s perceptual and cognitive abilities. Some of these projects and grants include:

  1. “Understanding Mediating and Moderating Factors that Determine Transfer of Working Memory Training,” $1.9 million over a five-year span. The project focuses on one of the most sought-after topics of brain training, namely how to improve memory. In the project, researchers will train 31,000 participants (in lab and online) using variants of memory training to understand individual differences in working memory training, and how they interact with different training procedures.
  2. “Efficient diagnostic tools to evaluate central auditory dysfunction,” $2.3 million grant with $575,000 going to UCR. This project is in partnership with Oregon Health and Sciences University and aims to create a new set of clinical tests that will better diagnose individuals with hearing problems.
  3. “Integrating Perceptual Learning Approaches into Effective Therapies for Low Vision,” $1.7 million grant. This project builds research from the field of perceptual learning—a research area devoted to understanding how perceptual abilities can be improved with practice—to design and test new methods that can benefit individuals with low vision.
  4. “Can brain training help soldiers with brain injury regain hearing?,” $10,000 grant. This crowd-sourced project aims to develop and test a novel rehabilitative training program for central auditory dysfunction after traumatic brain injury.

The open house will be held at 1201 University Ave., University Village Suite 204, Riverside, from 4-6 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and complimentary parking is available. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Aaron Seitz at aaron.seitz@ucr.edu.

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