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Effects of Gamification on Cognitive Load

Information on the Thesis

Type of Final Thesis: Bachelor, Master
Supervisor: Simon Warsinsky
Research Group: Critical Information Infrastructures

Archive Number: 5.068
Status of Thesis: Open
Date of start: 2023-08-02

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Problem: Gamification (i.e. the use of game elements in non-game contexts) is increasingly becoming a trend in various contexts such as education or healthcare, where it is praised for its ability to increase motivation and engagement of individuals by affording positive experiences usually found in games. Because of its motivating effects, gamification is also frequently applied to cognitive tasks (e.g., image annotation, psychological tasks), as such tasks are usually boring, effortful and unengaging to individuals. In the context of cognitive tasks, it is important to consider the cognitive load that individuals are exposed to. According to cognitive load theory (CLT), cognitive load is an important predictor of task performance, and is dependent on the mental effort that individuals have to exert to complete a task (i.e. the amount of controlled cognitive processing in which an individual is engaged at any point in time). First research exists that suggests that gamification elements can have a major influence on individuals’ cognitive load (e.g., by distracting from the main task). However the specifics of how adding gamification elements to cognitive tasks affects individuals’ cognitive load remain unclear.

Objective(s): Investigate how gamification elements affect cognitive load in a specific context (e.g., image annotation)

Method(s): Design and Conduction of an Online Experiment


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