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Prof. Alex Wade

University of York


Alex Wade is a psychologist working in the field of human cognitive neuroscience. He uses a combination of structural and functional brain imaging, electrophysiology, psychophysics and big data analysis to ask how we see, solve problems and make decisions.

His most recent work in the domain of video games focuses on what we can learn about global cognitive health and player personality from the analysis of large MOBA datasets in collaboration with Riot games (League of Legends).

He is particularly interested in supervising students with a psychology or neuroscience background in the areas of:

  • Using commercial video games to measure cognition and personality

  • How the brain responds to solo- and group gameplay

  • Can we use video games to monitor and modify real-world cognition, behaviour and mental health

Research themes:

  • Game Analytics

  • Games with a Purpose

  • Computational Creativity

  • E-Sports

  • Player Experience

  • The neuroscience of gaming


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