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department of psychology University of Wisconsin - Madison
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Phone: (608) 263-4868
Fax: (608) 262-4029

Office: 422 Psychology

Learning and Transfer Lab

C. Shawn Green
Assistant Professor
Ph.D. 2008, University of Rochester

Email: csgreen2 at wisc dot edu

Research Interests:
The lab's research focuses on specificity and generalization in learning - essentially, under what training conditions do you only get better at the trained task (for example, if you do a lot of Sudoku, you really only get better at Sudoku - not other types of reasoning tasks) and under what conditions do you see generalization (for example, training on working memory tasks can improve performance on fluid intelligence tasks)? In this vein, one specific particular area of interest to the lab is in off-the-shelf video games such as first-person shooters or simulation games, which have been shown to promote wide transfer of learning. We also design our own video games to look at perceptual learning, cognitive abilities, and decision making.
Green, C.S., Benson, C., Kersten, D. & Schrater, P.(2010).Alterations inchoice behavior by manipulations of world-model.PNAS. 107, 16401-16406.

Green, C.S., Pouget, A., & Bavelier, D. (2010). Improved probabilisticinference as a general mechanism for learning with action video games. Current Biology, 23, 1573-1579.

Dye, M.W.G., Green, C.S., & Bavelier, D. (2009).Increasing speed of processingwith action video games.Current Directions in Psychological Science, 18, 321-326.


Green, C.S. & Bavelier, D. (2007).Action video game experience alters the spatialresolution of attention. Psychological Science, 18(1), 88-94.

Green, C.S. & Bavelier, D. (2003). Action video game modifies visual selectiveattention.Nature, 423, 534 –538.

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