Week 8 – The Experiment: Flipping

Today’s TED Talks

Meet the McGonigals: Kelly & Jane

For Week 8 we are asking you to view these two TED Talks before you come to class, as part of The Experiment on Flipping.


Kelly McGonigal: How to make stress your friend

Stress. It makes your heart pound, your breathing quicken and your forehead sweat. But while stress has been made into a public health enemy, new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.


Jane McGonigal: The game that can give you 10 extra years of life

When game designer Jane McGonigal found herself bedridden and suicidal following a severe concussion, she had a fascinating idea for how to get better. She dove into the scientific research and created the healing game, SuperBetter. In this moving talk, McGonigal explains how a game can boost resilience — and promises to add 7.5 minutes to your life.ng mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.


Ginny will lead the discussion, today.

Resilience [pdf]


Jane McGonigal

Jane McGonigal | Profile on TED.com

You found me. | game designer, author, future forecaster

Gaming can make a better world

Kelly McGonigal

Kelly McGonigal | Profile on TED.com

Where science and compassion meet

The science of willpower



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3 thoughts on “Week 8 – The Experiment: Flipping

  1. tedolliau Post author

    Omar Khayyam Moore’s Autotelic Theory
    “We call autotelic those cultural products that contain their own goals and sources of motivation: puzzles, games, aesthetic objects; such activities are in a sense cut off from serious and immediate problems of survival and welfare. As a heuristic principle for the application of formal methods in sociology, these products my be viewed as folk-models–i.e., models in the pre-scientific culture, with the help of which members of a society learn about and play at the workings of their society.” — http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/4105055?uid=3739520&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21102980412513

    Also see Jane McGonigal’s use of the term autotelic: Intrinsic Rewards and the Path to Happiness


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