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Science of Fun 4 Ways Games Make You Happier
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@NicoleLazzaro
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1 Billion Players Served
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4 Keys to Fun
10 Years
100,000 Downloads
16...
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Everyone Has a Dream (write it down)
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Write Down Your dream
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Everyone Has Been Disappointed
SURVIVAL THREATENED
CORTISOL SEEK
WORLD...
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Happiness Problem #1: Sometimes Good Feels Bad
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My Goal
Feels Bad
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...
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Happiness Problem #2: Emotions are Fleeting
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Happiness Problem #3 Not on Speaking Terms
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Limbic Feelings
Cortex Th...
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Can We Game the Brain?
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Crazy Idea: Design Small Games - Daily Dose
Dopamine
Oxytocin
Serotoni...
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Games: 1. Goals 2. Connect 3. Recognize
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Simple Games towards Dream ...
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The 4 Keys to Fun
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Games are fun in 4 ways
Hard Fun Challenge: Goals...
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1. Celebrate Small Goals
ANTICIPATE RARE
DOPAMINE REWARD
TRAIN DAILY C...
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1. Celebrate Small Goals
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Draw a Line to Hard & Serious Fun
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Write 1 Step to your dream
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Draw a Line to Hard & Serious Fun
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Nicole Lazzaro - The Science of Fun: 3 Ways Games Make You Happier and Save the World

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Change is hard. Advances in game design and neuroscience can make it easy. Millennium of evolution gives us an amazing system for acquiring behavior good and bad. The rush of positive emotions such as dopamine (reward), endorphin (euphoria), and oxytocin (trust) do daily battle with bad boys such as cortisol (stress). The activities we engage in for these daily battles tune our behavior. The challenge is that the cognitive rational self that sets our goals is not the same brain system that deals out the chemicals that make us feel good. Serious game designers ignore this battle at their peril. Specially designed games can hack your brain to turn vicious cycles into virtus ones to help you lose weight, get smarter, and even fight climate change.

Come and explore this playful splash into 3 specific ways the fun of games can rewire your brain to be happier, healthier, and primed to work together to save the planet.

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Nicole Lazzaro - The Science of Fun: 3 Ways Games Make You Happier and Save the World

  1. 1. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Science of Fun 4 Ways Games Make You Happier 1 @NicoleLazzaro nlazzaro@xeodesign.com
  2. 2. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 1 Billion Players Served 2 4 Keys to Fun 10 Years 100,000 Downloads 16,000 Trees Tilt World iOS 22 Years XEODesign®
  3. 3. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Everyone Has a Dream (write it down) 3 Write Down Your dream
  4. 4. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Everyone Has Been Disappointed SURVIVAL THREATENED CORTISOL SEEK WORLD CANNOT MEET NEEDS LOOK FOR NEW WAYS 4
  5. 5. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Happiness Problem #1: Sometimes Good Feels Bad 5 My Goal Feels Bad    Feels Good
  6. 6. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Happiness Problem #2: Emotions are Fleeting 6
  7. 7. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Happiness Problem #3 Not on Speaking Terms 7 Limbic Feelings Cortex Thoughts
  8. 8. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Can We Game the Brain? 8
  9. 9. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Crazy Idea: Design Small Games - Daily Dose Dopamine Oxytocin Serotonin Endorphin 9 Dr. Loretta Graziano Breuning Dr. Paul Zak
  10. 10. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Games: 1. Goals 2. Connect 3. Recognize 10 Simple Games towards Dream Simple Science
  11. 11. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® The 4 Keys to Fun 11 Games are fun in 4 ways Hard Fun Challenge: Goals Obstacles Strategies Easy Fun Novelty: Exploration Creativity Role Play People Fun Friendship: Cooperation Competition Serious Fun Meaning: Real World Change Each has unique Emotions Free whitepapers at 4K2F.com
  12. 12. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 1. Celebrate Small Goals ANTICIPATE RARE DOPAMINE REWARD TRAIN DAILY CELEBRATIONS I DID IT! o/ 12 fear
  13. 13. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 1. Celebrate Small Goals 13 Draw a Line to Hard & Serious Fun
  14. 14. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Amplify the Reward: Asana Celebrations Game 14
  15. 15. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 1. Celebrate Small Goals 15 Write 1 Step to your dream On back of game card
  16. 16. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Experiment FREE HUGS 16
  17. 17. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 2. Connect Trust Reciprocate REDUCE FEAR AMPLIFY IN/OUT TOUCH SOCIAL BONDS OXYTOCIN TRUST HUG SING DANCE TOGETHER CONNECTION 17
  18. 18. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 2. Connect Trust Reciprocate 18 Draw a Line to People Fun
  19. 19. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Candy Crush Saga Connection Game 19
  20. 20. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Couple ThumbKiss Game 20
  21. 21. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 2. Connect Trust Reciprocate 21 Write Friend’s Name On the back
  22. 22. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 3. Respect from Those You Admire SOCIAL DOMINANCE MOOD FOOD! SEROTONIN REOCOGNITION EXPRESS PRIDE RECIPROCATE 22
  23. 23. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 3. Respect from Those You Admire 23 Draw a Line to People & Serious Fun
  24. 24. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Tinder Recognition Game 24
  25. 25. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 3. Respect from Those You Admire 25 How Share Accomplishments?
  26. 26. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 4. Euphoria From Exertion MASKS PAIN ENDORPHIN EUPHORIA LAUGH CRY EXERCISE 26
  27. 27. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 4. Euphoria From Exertion 27 Draw a Line to Hard & Serious Fun
  28. 28. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® 5. World Changing “Likes” on Goals Mean More 28 Remember you can be a game changer too. For yourself, your friends, and your planet.
  29. 29. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® Contact XEO to Increase Your Fun 29 Prizes! Tweet your dream @NicoleLazzaro #CCSF14 nlazzaro@xeodesign.com #CCSF14 Games & DOSE to make us happier Goals Reward Connect Trust Respect From Those Admire Euphoria From Exertion
  30. 30. www.xeodesign.com © 2014 XEODesign, Inc. XEODesign® XEODesign Consulting Unlock Human Potential with Play 30 Game Your Brain to Achieve Your Dream and You Win! Contact XEODesign nlazzaro@xeodesign.com

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