RunTheLine: An infinite runner serious game to train comprehension of societally relevant large numbers
Montreal, QB : Cognitive Science Society
InGoel, A.K.; Seifert, C.M.; Freksa, C. (ed.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019), pp. 3596
41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019) (Montreal, Canada, 24-27 July 2019)
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Goel, A.K.; Seifert, C.M.; Freksa, C. (ed.), Proceedings of the 41st Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (CogSci 2019)
Subject130 000 Cognitive Neurology & Memory; Action, intention, and motor control; Cognitive artificial intelligence; Communication and Media
Large numbers play a significant role in personal and political financial choices and the understanding of exponential growth. Large numbers are also often misjudged, showing a logarithmic number understanding. Small numbers are however represented in a linear fashion, due to direct experience on for example number lines. Earlier, it was shown that large number comprehension can be trained, influencing societally relevant choices. We trained large number comprehension using a serious game (RunTheLine): an infinite runner game where an avatar runs on a number line ranging till one billion. Due to the game mechanics, the players walk the number line at both small and large numbers in small steps, making them aware of the continuity of the number line. Pre-post test differences show a change in economic judgments compared to a control group. This offers a scientific manipulation of behavioral and cortical number line representations and potential educational applications.
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