PsychEng Seminar Reservation: Prof. Mark Chignell Oct 10: Cognitive Assessment of Executive Functions using Serious Games


Thursday, October 10th, 2019    
12:10 pm - 1:30 pm


Bookings closed


Bahen Centre for Information Technology, Room 2135
40 St George St, Toronto, Ontario, M5S 2E4
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Cognitive Assessment of Executive Functions using Serious Games

In this presentation, Professor Mark Chignell will review several years of work on developing serious games for cognitive assessment with particular focus on executive functioning. Professor Chignell will start by reviewing a game that he has developed for delirium screening in emergency departments, with Dr. Jacques Lee of Sunnybrook and Mt. Sinai hospitals.

He will then discuss a battery of serious games that he and his team are developing with Dr. Bruce Morton of Western University. They currently have a set of six games implementing six different psychological tasks (cognitive speed, response inhibition, working memory, cognitive flexibility, spatial attention, delayed match to sample), but with a common whacamole game design.

He will provide demos of each of the games and he will also present BrainTagger, a social media-friendly version of the game that they are using to collect normative data for different age groups. He will present experimental data showing that his response inhibition game is highly correlated with the Go/No-Go task, a standard psychological measure of response inhibition.

He will then discuss his plans for using fMRI brain scanning while playing the games to validate the types of brain activation that are produced by playing each of his games. After the presentation, he would like to have a discussion on the role of serious games in cognitive assessment, and the benefits of having frequent cognitive assessment as people get older.



Mark Chignell has been a member of the Mechanical & Industrial Engineering faculty since 1990. Prior to that he was an Assistant Professor in Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California from 1984 to 1990. Professor Chignell taught in the Psychology Department at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia from 1980 to 1982. He has a PhD in Psychology (University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 1981), and an MS in Industrial and Systems Engineering (Ohio State, 1984). He was formerly (2013-2017) the Director of the Knowledge Media Design Institute at the University of Toronto, and the BUL Chair in Human Computer Interaction. He has been a visiting scientist at the IBM Centre for Advanced Studies in Toronto since 2002 and he was a visiting scientist at Keio University from 2005 to 2010.

Professor Chignell has co-authored books on expert systems and intelligent databases (published by John Wiley & Sons) and he has co-edited three books. He has many journal and conference papers on topics such as hypertext and information retrieval, user interface design and healthcare applications. His research has been funded by the Bell University Laboratories, the National Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), IBM, the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, TELUS, Oki Corporation, Ricoh Corporation, and Apple Computer. He has founded two start-up companies, and currently runs Vocalage Inc., a high tech consulting and product development firm.


When: Thursday, October 10th, 2019 from 12:10pm-1:30pm

Where: Room 2135, Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 St George St, Toronto, ON M5S 2E4

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