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When the brain comes into play: Neurofunctional correlates of emotions and reward in game-based learning

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posted on 11.08.2021, 15:20 by Simon Greipl, Elise Klein, Antero Lindstedt, Kristian Kiili, Korbinian MoellerKorbinian Moeller, Hans-Otto Karnath, Julia BahnmuellerJulia Bahnmueller, Johannes Bloechle, Manuel Ninaus
Accumulating evidence identifies emotions as drivers of effective learning. In parallel, game-based learning was found to emotionally engage learners, allegedly harnessing the fundamental tie between emotions and cognition. Questioning further whether and how game-based learning elicit emotional processes, the current fMRI study examined the neurofunctional correlates of game-based learning by directly comparing a game-based and a non-game-based version of a digital learning task. We evaluated neurofunctional activation patterns within a comprehensive set of brain areas involved in emotional and reward processes (e.g. amygdala or ventral tegmental area) when participants received feedback. With only a few exceptions, decoding of these brain areas’ activation patterns indicated predominantly stronger relative activation in the game-based task version. As such, our results substantiate on a neurofunctional level that game-based learning leads to an invigoration of learning processes through processes of reward and emotional engagement.

Funding

Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts Baden-Württemberg within the LeibnizWissenschaftsCampus (MWK-WCT TP12)

Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DR 976/2-1)

History

School

  • Science

Department

  • Mathematics Education Centre

Published in

Computers in Human Behavior

Volume

125

Publisher

Elsevier

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Rights holder

© The Authors

Publisher statement

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY 4.0). Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/07/2021

Publication date

2021-07-06

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

0747-5632

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Julia Bahnmuller. Deposit date: 5 July 2021

Article number

106946