How to Leverage Addictive Nature of Video Gaming to Improve Training Effectiveness

What if you could offer professional development and employee training that made staff not just want to improve, but to crave knowledge and skills improvement? It’s more than possible. 

The Science. When dopamine pours down the neurological reward pathways of a person’s mesolimbic dopamine system, it does more than take their brain for a ride on a wave of neurological happy juice. Attention sharpens. Details are scrutinized. And your brain creates a memory of the event. Dopamine is the chemical that fuels human drive, focus, and obsession. 

The Behavior. Gameplay — especially video gameplay — can really kick off a dopamine rush in your team. Video games are tailor-made to light up our mesolimbic dopamine system. The frequency and intensity of rewards in gaming is something our brains LOVE. As a result, players really lean into gameplay. It’s why gamers of all ages rarely play for just a few minutes — the highly stimulating environment keeps those happy hormones flowing.

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