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Edmonton May Dinner: "Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?"
Thu, 05/03/2012
Event Location: 



Edmonton Petroleum Club, 11110 - 108 Street 

Start Time

5/3/2012 5:00 PM 

End Time

5/3/2012 8:00 PM 

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Dr. Jayne Gackenbach

Video games. Sometimes demonized, always compelling – and wildly popular, video games have become ingrained as part of our society. Yet it is still largely unknown how these games affect the minds of those who play. Find out the truth, the questions, the research – and what we don’t know about this highly controversial part of our society and what they may mean for both the future and for our dreams.


Jayne Gackenbach received her Ph.D. in psychology in the U.S. at Virginia Commonwealth University in 1978. She is currently a professor at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

For the first 20 years of her career she focused on research into dreams, and especially lucid dreams, with several books and many articles and book chapters published. When she bought her son a Nintendo in the mid-1990’s she became aware of the power of new media, including the internet and video games. Thus began over a decade of research, publication and media interviews on the internet and video game play.

The highlight of her professional dream career was when she presented her research into lucid dreaming to the Tibetan Dalai Lama at a meeting on Sleep, Dreaming and Dying in India in 1992. The proceedings appeared in Sleeping, Dreaming and Dying: An Exploration of Consciousness with the Dalai Lama.

In 2010 she was prominently featured in a documentary on dreams which accompanies the blueray DVD release of the movie Inception.

Among her published works are the books:

  • Psychology and the Internet: Intrapersonal, Interpersonal, and Transpersonal Implication (2nd edition)
  • cyber.rules
  • Video Games and Consciousness (in preparation for Nova Science Publishers)

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