CIE Seminar Series 2016 – Video games are everywhere…. do they belong in Science?

Michael KasumovicSPEAKER: Dr Michael Kasumovic, School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, University of NSW

DATE: Friday, 2nd September 2016
LOCATION: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds, Room KA4.207
TIME: 1:30pm
Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Melbourne Campus at Burwood, Burwood Corporate Centre (BCC) and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.22

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ABSTRACT: I’ll spend the first part of my talk discussing how technology can interact with our evolved bodies in interesting ways and how this has the potential to bias our perception of the world.

I’ll then discuss how I’m using video game to explore human evolution and how video games provide a particularly interesting lens through which we can better understand human behaviour. I’ll then end by chatting about how video games can be used to improve student understanding of complex topics (when done properly) and what this means for the future of education.

Come along and make sure you bring your mobile phone!

BIO: Michael is an evolutionary biologist interested in understanding how the social environment affects evolutionary trajectories. Most of his research is performed on invertebrates, but recently he has started working on humans as well (and has realized that they aren’t that different from invertebrates in many ways).

Michael is also interested in making science more accessible. Along with performing outreach, Michael is starting to make educational games to help students of all ages understand abstract biological concepts to awaken the scientist in everyone.

Appointments with guest speaker may be made via Kate Buchanan.