The Super Mario Effect

Mark Rober TED talk – SuperMario effect
The reason that experiment gave those results is because it changed the perspective of what they were doing/what they can expect… they probably saw it as something more difficult… it’s not about positive or negative reinforcements necessarily
Can it be used to generalize all learning activities? No.
What about when a pending/iminent punishment motivates/helps you learn something?
You can’t draw conclusions about adults from babies trying to learn something
For starters, they probably see different and less patterns… a simpler world
They don’t even know they’re learning
Doesn’t super mario game emotionally punish you in some way when you lose? just like in his experiment? Don’t you lose points (progress)?
The way it should be looked at is, the game makes your potential achievement more or less by changing what’s at stake when you fail (eg. how many lives you have… you get more than one life, but it’s limited… so it’s misleading to assume no negative reinforcements is the way to go)
He says when you fall into a pit in Super Mario, you don’t feel demotivated, fear humiliation or judgment, but you just try again
Is that always true?
You’re ignoring the fact that BEING TOLD by SOMEONE to perform in something/BEING JUDGED by SOMEONE for your performance in something may be the biggest differentiator here?
Some people might HATE the punishments on Super Mario, hence not play
Do everyone who advance thru levels on Super Mario really focus on “the princess”?
Can you actually trick yourself into thinking something is a game when you know it’s not?
But yes, you CAN learn a lot when the format/context is changed (eg. Jeff Bezos tax avoiding, Top Gear geography)
GOSSIP is learning. You can remember all the details of the Kardashian family, but not Pharaoh? or King George? This is because of context, format, perception etc. Instead of blaming them, we can put them to use. What we can do is take the essence of what makes someone learn eagerly (which is passion) so that we can use that wisdom to teach/learn in a sustainable way. Because you can’t really make a reality tv series for every chapter in AP Calculus/Chemistry/History can you?