Asmodee Brings Science to Board Gaming With Game in Lab

Today I learned that Asmodee has been taking gaming to the next step: Science! They have created a research program that aims to support ethical scientific research projects and provide meaningful data into the science of gaming. Today they announced the findings of their first clinical study , titled Cognitive – Adaptation – Behavior, which observed the effects of play and its potential applications. The study found that board games do provide significant beneficial effects on those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

“Over the past year, board games have enabled us all to play together, in the comfort and tranquility of our homes, providing some relief, adventure and pleasure. However, we are convinced that playing games harbors greater potential and can play a true educational and even clinical role in our society,” said Stéphane Carville, CEO, Asmodee. “Via Asmodee Research, we intend to demonstrate the tremendous impact playing games have on our brains and are delighted to support additional projects which can identify, research and prove new and important ways that games can help society”.

The Cognitive – Adaptation – Behavior study was conducted over a year and provided insight into how board games can be used to improve the well-being Alzheimer’s patients. Initial findings from the Alzheimer project include:

  • Board games may be a valuable tool to improve a patient’s quality of life when they fit with a player’s interest.
  • It is possible to consider board games as a cognitive and behavioral stimulation if done on a regular basis.
  • Games with adapted features, like large fonts and ergonomic accessibility, can greatly improve a patient’s enjoyment and increase other benefits like cognitive stimulation.

You can read the full report here: Alzheimer’s Study – Asmodee Research

Game in Lab  has also announced that they are putting out a call for new projects to study. This call for proposal welcomes applications from international research institutions and three to five research grants (up to 15000€ per project) will be allocated to support short-term research projects (12 to 18 months).

Grant applications will be accepted under two tracks:

  • Track 1: any research topic on board games.
  • Track 2: research topic on board games related to Youth and Education.
  • At least one of the project’s leaders must be affiliated with a research institution, public  or private, at the time of application and during the project.

Beyond these tracks, all academic disciplines are accepted, whether applied or fundamental sciences. (The design or production of games is not eligible.) To get detailed information and apply for this call for proposal, visit

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