Dr. Daphne Bavelier is an internationally-recognized expert on how humans learn. In particular, she studies how the brain adapts to changes in experience, either by nature – for example, deafness – or by training – for example, playing video games. Initially trained in Biology at the ‘Ecole Normale Superieure de Paris’, she then received a PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from MIT and trained in human brain plasticity at the Salk Institute. Her work shows that playing fast-paced, action-packed entertainment video games typically thought to be mind-numbing actually benefits several aspects of behavior. Exploiting this counter-intuitive finding, her lab now investigates how new media, such as video games, can be leveraged to foster learning and brain plasticity.
Dr. Daphne Bavelier now directs a Cognitive Neuroscience research team at the University of Geneva, Switzerland and at the University of Rochester, NY, USA. She is also a co-founding advisor to Akili Interactive, a company which develops clinically-validated cognitive therapeutics that exploit high-quality video games, and a steering committee member on the World Economic Forum’s global agenda project “New Vision for Education: Unlocking the potential of technology”.