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Using personalized feedback to enhance cognitive flexibility in the context of serious gaming

Eikenhout, L.M.J. (2018) Using personalized feedback to enhance cognitive flexibility in the context of serious gaming.

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Abstract:Cognitive flexibility is important in the ever-changing environment. If we do not respond adaptively to changes, consequences may be severe. To address the question to what extent personalized feedback can enhance the training of cognitive flexibility in a serious game environment, we tested a PC-based decision making game. In this study we employed a between-subjects design (conditions personalized vs. standardized) with repeated measures (four scenarios). The four scenarios were played by 46 students (two conditions), in two separate sessions (three to nine days apart). The experiment lasted approximately five hours in total, and included several questionnaires on motivation and mental effort. During the game the rules would change unnanounced. In their assignments, participants were to prioritize several actions, based on the game-play, and compare their answer to that of an expert. The feedback was personalized or a standardized routine answer. Repeated-measures ANOVAs (with between-subjects factors) were performed, but no difference was found between the two conditions in adaptive performance, motivation, or mental effort. Conclusively, the personalization of feedback did not lead to a greater adaptive performance than standardized feedback in this study, probably due to the limited strength of the manipulation. Exploratory analyses, limitations, recommendations, and implications are discussed.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/76835
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