Nicole Lazzaro's Slides from Casual Connect Panel.
Your Brain on Games:
In this panel, Demetri Detsaridis (General Manager, Zynga New York), Michael Fergusson (CEO, Ayogo) and Nicole Lazzaro (CEO, XEODesign) will discuss the overlap between behavioral psychology and game design and development, as well as the possibilities of better employing psychological insights in the creation of games. As dramatic as the impact of statistical analysis and behavioral economics has been on gaming and the games industry, applied psychology has largely remained the province of player research departments at AAA console developers...or been overlooked entirely. Bringing this field to the fore could be another sea change for the industry, pushing gaming even further into the mass market or (depending on your perspective) pulling games one more step away from becoming art. What can we learn from psychology, how can we use it to understand what we're already doing, and can it help us build better games in the future?