The Player is Evolving! Using Games to Foster Growth Mindset

Have you ever been called a “n00b” or told to “git gud”? Don’t despair! Although it can be discouraging to receive such feedback, the data can become an invaluable springboard for improvement. A person’s attitude about failure is a powerful predictor of future motivation and achievement. A growth mindset, the attitude that one’s skill can grow in response to increased effort and positive learning strategies, improves our ability to learn new skills and problem solve effectively. Some of your favorite games may already promote and reinforce a growth mindset (e.g., Celeste, Dark Souls, Destiny, Dungeons & Dragons, Pokémon), while others can be a tool for personal growth and development. Join our panelists as they discuss the ways games intrinsically promote a growth mindset, as well as how to apply a growth mindset to increase engagement and achievement. If you are looking to improve your performance in a new game, your favorite game, or IRL, this panel is for you.


Adam Davis [Executive Director / Therapeutic GM, Game to Grow], Jared N. Kilmer, PhD [Psychologist; Therapeutic GM, Game to Grow], Elizabeth Kilmer, M.S. [Therapeutic GM, Game to Grow], Justin Swain [Podcast host / Culinary Manager / Blogger, @everyone podcast / CookNSolo /]