ARL West Colloquium Series | August 2017

U.S. Army Research Laboratory West Colloquium Series

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory West Colloquium Series will host Dr. Aaron Seitz Aug. 24, 2017. Register Now!

The Promise of Brain Training Games


1:30pm – 2:10pm Lunch Meet & Greet

2:15pm – 3:00pm The Promise of Brain Training Games

3:00pm – 3:20pm Q&A

3:20pm – 4:00pm Academic Exchange Social

Professor Aaron Seitz

Professor Aaron Seitz


Imagine if you could see better, hear better, have improved memory, and even become more intelligent through simple training done on your own computer, smartphone, or tablet. Just as physical fitness underwent a revolution in the 20th century, brain fitness is being transformed through innovations in psychology, neuroscience and computer science. This talk discusses recent research that begins to unlock this potential in the context of training vision and how similar principles may be applied to yield more effective to train other perceptual and cognitive abilities. This presentation delves into the substantial potential of the field and also current limitations and the potential paths to overcoming these limitations through on-going research.


Professor Aaron Seitz is an internationally recognized expert on the mechanisms of learning and memory using behavioral, computational and neuroscientific methodologies. His research over the last 15 years has focused on mechanisms of plasticity and learning in the sensory/perceptual systems. A key aspect of his recent research is applying knowledge of plasticity mechanisms in the brain to create brain-training video games that are effective in improving performance in real-world tasks. A notable example is his vision training game ULTIMEYES that leads to vision improvement that positively transfers to on-field performance in baseball. He is now the Director of the newly founded UCR Brain Game Center for Mental Fitness and Well-being that has the mission to research, test, and disseminate game software instrumented with expert knowledge to optimize human brain processes with an aim to make scientifically principled brain games that translate to performance in real-life activities.

The event supports the laboratory’s Open Campus Initiative, which brings together interdisciplinary researchers to foster collaboration, provide a platform for academic exchange, circumvent processes that delay scientific knowledge, and provoke inspired conversation.

ARL West is located at 12025 Waterfront Drive, Playa Vista, California, on the second floor.

ARL formally opened ARL West, collocated at the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies < Caution- > , as a west coast science and technology presence for the Army, April 13, 2016.

The laboratory, currently celebrating 25 years of excellence in Army science and technology, is part of the U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, which has the mission to provide innovative research, development and engineering to produce capabilities that provide decisive overmatch to the Army against the complexities of the current and future operating environments in support of the joint warfighter and the nation. RDECOM is a major subordinate command of the U.S. Army Materiel Command.

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