Analyzing EEG waves to support the design of serious games for cognitive training

  • Tania MondéjarEmail author
  • Ramón Hervás
  • Esperanza Johnson
  • Carlos Gutiérrez-López-Franca
  • José Miguel Latorre
Original Research


In this paper, electroencephalography (EEG) waves were analysed during the use of a developed video game. It implements specific mechanics (stimuli) that promote the training of cognitive abilities such as short-term memory, attention, and concentration. The conducted study involved ten participants: healthy children between 7 and 12 years old (developmental age) who played the game for an average of 19.2 min. The research question for the present work refers to how specific mechanics involved in platform video games activate electroencephalogram waves according to the above-mentioned cognitive processes. In this sense, the responses have been analysed in terms of cognitive activation through EEG during the video game mechanics. The results are consistent by showing significant findings, described in the manuscript conclusions, and related to EEG wave magnitudes during the studied game mechanics. These findings contribute to supporting the design of video games with cognitive training goals.


Serious games Pervasive health Health games Cognitive skills Computational neuroscience EEG 



We want to especially thank the children who helped us by playing and appreciating our game. We are also grateful to their parents, who supported our work and collaborated in our investigation. Finally, many thanks to Rodrigo Marin for helping in the development of this work and to Ivan González who helped us process the EEG data.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Tania Mondéjar
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Ramón Hervás
    • 1
  • Esperanza Johnson
    • 1
  • Carlos Gutiérrez-López-Franca
    • 1
  • José Miguel Latorre
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Technologies and Information SystemsUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaCiudad RealSpain
  2. 2.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Castilla-La ManchaAlbaceteSpain
  3. 3.eSmile, Psychology for Children & AdolescentsCiudad RealSpain

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