Daphne Bavelier

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Daphne Bavelier is a professor at the University of Geneva, who studies cognitive neuroscience. Prior to this appointment, she was a professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester. She obtained her PhD in Brain and Cognitive Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston, MA and trained in human brain plasticity under Helen Neville at the Salk Institute.

One of her studies showed that non-gamers exposed to action video games have improved contrast sensitivity, or the ability to detect subtle shades of grey. They are also able to detect new information coming at them faster, and become better multitaskers.[1][2] Her research also showed that action video games can improve visual acuity in the amblyopic eye.[3]

She presented the popular TED Talk "Your brain on video games".[4]


  1. ^ "Video Games Boost Brain Power, Multitasking Skills : NPR". Npr.org. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  2. ^ "Video Games". Cms.unige.ch. Archived from the original on May 18, 2015. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  3. ^ "Your (Smarter) Brain on Video Games: Interview with Daphne Bavelier, Ph.D." Medgadget.com. Retrieved May 14, 2015.
  4. ^ "Daphne Bavelier: Your brain on video games". Ted.com. Retrieved May 14, 2015.