October Meeting – Scott Crabtree – This Is Your Brain On Game Development

by Dan Salsberg on September 17, 2012

in Event announcements,Post Mortem

The Boston Post Mortem for October will be on WEDNESDAY, October 24th at 7pm at The Skellig in Waltham. We have a special guest speaker with a special format. Scott Crabtree will be giving an interactive talk and workshop based on his succesful GDC talk on better game development through good mental health. The talk will begin a bit earlier in the evening than normal, due to the format. Please note, the meeting will be two weeks later in the month than usual!

This Is Your Brain On Game Development: Happy Productivity Through Science

At GDC this talk received average ratings of 4.89/5! Come and participate in this new interactive workshop version.

Neuroscience and psychology offer concrete, applicable techniques to improve morale and productivity in game development.  Learn the power and limits of the prefrontal cortex, and how to help it work at its best. Learn what makes memory work—and fail to work—so you can both teach and learn as effectively as possible. Learn to manage stress—especially social stress so common in the office—that adversely affects brain performance. Learn to make yourself and your teammates happier, so your brains work better. You will leave this talk a smarter and happier game developer.

Speaker Bio: Scott Crabtree earned his Cognitive Science degree from Vassar in 1988. Immediately afterwards he worked on artificial intelligence software including expert systems. He started working at the first of several game development companies in 1996. Serving as a Software Engineer, Game Designer, Producer, and Entrepreneur, Scott is proud to have worked on game development with companies including Microsoft, Mattel, Disney, LEGO, Nike and more. He’s published games for PS2, Xbox, PC, and mobile phones including the iPhone. He joined Intel in 2005 as an Engineering Manager focused on video game developers. He is fascinated by and passionately studies organizational development, human psychology, neuroscience, and the science of happiness and well-being. He left Intel in 2012 to work full time on helping people and organizations apply neuroscience and psychology to become happier and more productive.

You can learn more about the science of happiness and Scott on www.HappyBrainScience.com


Wednesday, October 24th
7pm @ The Skellig, Waltham
Directions: http://www.bostonpostmortem.org/directions/


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