Science Pub Portland: Science of Engagement & Video Games

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MAY 16 | 7-9PM

Play Your Way to Engaged: The Science of Engagement & Video Games 

With Scott Crabtree, Chief Happiness Officer and Founder at Happy Brain Science

Doors Open @ 5PM | $5 Suggested Donation


Over 155 million players play video games, they spend over 22 billion dollars each year, and that's just in the USA alone! What makes video games so compelling? How can you learn to engage yourself or others--at work and beyond--using some of the same techniques that video games use? Come to this highly interactive, game-like session and learn from the peer-reviewed science:


  • How you can engage yourself and/or others in the same ways a great video game engages people.
  • Why getting "buy-in through why-in" is so compelling when asking others for help.
  • What game developers know about mastery and why you should also be “rubber banding”.


Learn the science that game developers use–and the practical steps anyone can take–to boost engagement.


As the Founder and Chief Happiness Officer at Happy Brain Science, Scott Crabtree empowers individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge neuroscience and psychology to boost productivity and happiness at work. Scott’s clients include Activision, Glu Mobile Games, Universe Sandbox, Microsoft, Blizzard Entertainment, and Dreamworks.


In his 25-year career, Scott has served as a leader in game development and software engineering. He’s founded startups and worked at a variety of technology companies large and small. In early 2012, he resigned his position as Tech Strategist at Intel to pursue his passion full time: helping people apply science to be happier and more successful.


Scott holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College. When he is not immersed in scientific data, he loves spending time with his wife, young daughters, and friends, especially in nature, and also enjoys playing with his rock band. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


Scott Crabtree is a passionate teacher of neuroscience, psychology, and the science of happiness. Through presentations, workshops, coaching, and consulting, Scott is empowering individuals and organizations to apply findings from cutting-edge brain science to boost productivity and happiness at work.

Dinner will be available in our restaurant, Theory, or from the Empirical Café. Guests can check-in at the theater entrance to reserve a seat before grabbing dinner and drinks. Food and drink are welcome in the theater. Parking is free for the event. Doors open at 5pm


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