Video games as rich environments to foster brain plasticity

Mor Nahum, Daphne Bavelier*

*Corresponding author for this work

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This chapter highlights the key role of two main factors, attentional control and reward processing, in unlocking brain plasticity. We first review the evidence for the role that each of these mechanisms plays in neuroplasticity, and then make the case that tools and technologies that combine these two are likely to result in maximal and broad, generalized benefits. In this context, we review the evidence concerning the impact of video game play on brain plasticity, with an eye toward plasticity-driving methods such as the seamless integration of neurofeedback into the video game platforms.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationHandbook of Clinical Neurology
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages20
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameHandbook of Clinical Neurology
ISSN (Print)0072-9752
ISSN (Electronic)2212-4152

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© 2020 Elsevier B.V.


  • Attentional control
  • Brain plasticity
  • Cognitive training
  • Neurofeedback
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Reward
  • Video games


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