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Come to Thursday's nexUX Meetup! @ Hunt Library @ 300p
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Come to the nexUX Meetup!

With Celia Hodent of Epic Games

The Gamer's Brain: How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Design

How can UX and neuroscience help develop a game? These disciplines provide very concrete and easy-to-use tips to anticipate and solve game design problems, sometimes even before the play testing phase. This talk will provide (sometimes fun!) brain facts and UX tips illustrated by examples from various titles.

Takeaway
This talk will cover some brain facts relative to perception, attention and memory, and how this knowledge can be applied to game design (UI, story, mechanics, levels, sound, etc.). It will also cover UX guidelines and propose concrete examples, mostly from Epic Games.

Intended Audience 
The target audience for this talk includes the UX experts, gameplay programmers, producers, designers and artists who have to work together toward the same goal: offering the best intended experience to their target user in a timely and efficient manner.

Speaker
Celia Hodent holds a Ph.D. in cognitive psychology, initially specializing in the development of intelligence in children and adults. Early in her career, Celia stepped aside from academic research to work with an educational toy manufacturer, VTech. Celia joined Ubisoft Paris in 2008 to help the editorial team to translate neuroscience knowledge into game design features. She later worked for Ubisoft Montreal and LucasArts. She joined Epic Games in July 2013 to help guide the studio toward improved user experience practices. Celia's main focus is to use psychology and neuroscience knowledge concretely to solve design problems and make sure the player experience is always enjoyable and emotional.


As always with our meetups, this is not a "sit back and listen" meeting, but a chance for us to bring together a cross disciplinary group of people to think about the relationship between UX and technology. Mostly though, we'll get to know one another, and have some fun.

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When

Thursday, April 30, 300pm

Where

nexUX Meetups take place in the James B. Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus. Events will be held in the Duke Energy Hall of Hunt Library, with a few exceptions.

James B. Hunt Jr. Library
1070 Partners Way
Raleigh, NC 27606
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How

There is ample parking near the Hunt Library on NCSU’s Centennial Campus.

  1. Visit the Parking Kiosk located as you enter Centennial Campus from the corner Varsity Drive and Avent Ferry Road. At the kiosk you can purchase a day pass for $5.00. This will allow you to park it the C-parking deck located near the Hunt Library on Partners Way. You can access this lot when leaving the parking kiosk by driving down Varsity drive, through Main Campus Drive and taking a right onto Partners Way. The multi-level parking deck will be on your right hand side.
  2. Directly outside the front doors of the Hunt Library (on Partners Way) is an hourly lot. There is a mechanical arm at the entrance to this lot. You can pay by the hour at $2.00/ hour to park here. Just be prepared, as this lot only accepts credit cards (no cash).

Once parked, you will be entering the Hunt Library on the ground floor. The Duke Energy Room is up the yellow stairs and on your left.

NCSU Wolfline buses also service the Hunt Library on several routes. See the full system map (PDF) or the real-time bus tracking map.

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