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Let's play Chill Art!

Many learning games use the same set of mechanics (like jumping, dodging, catching, etc.) to create a compelling experience. Chill Art breaks this mould by introducing a new style of play that focuses on putting learners into a state of flow, creativity and focus.

Chill Art challenges learners to create a picture inspired by a given word. This word is taken from a list that can be focused around your training topics, or alternatively, completely random. You could, for instance, challenge your users to create one of your products! Here’s the catch: your learners have to create these objects using a limited supply of circles, squares and triangles.

Inspired by Picasso’s idea of the ‘removal of the unnecessary’, Chill Art will place your learners into a state of deep focus, so they’re ready to enthusiastically consume any learning content that gets put in their path.
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Introducing... Chill Art

Namaste, lovers of all things learning.

Welcome to ‘Chill Art’, a brand-new game template that uses your learners’ creative energy to build and develop their attention spans. You train your body at the gym. Now you can use Chill Art to train your brain so that it’s better equipped to ward off distractions and focus on the learning journey ahead.

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The Idea

Many learning games use the same set of mechanics (like jumping, dodging, catching, etc.) to create a compelling experience. Chill Art breaks this mould by introducing a new style of play that focuses on putting learners into a state of flow, creativity and focus.

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The Inspiration

Inspired by Picasso’s idea of the ‘removal of the unnecessary’, Chill Art will place your learners into a state of deep focus, so they’re ready to enthusiastically consume any learning content that gets put in their path.

In other words, your learners aren’t just having fun and flexing their creative muscles. They’re training their attention span so that it’s properly prepared for whatever learning adventure lies ahead.

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The Science of Concentration

Concentrating requires a network of brain regions working as a team to resist distraction. In fact, your frontal cortex uses more energy fighting off distractions than the rest of your brain does when it’s focused solely on one particular task or action.

That explains why it’s so tempting to take a break from work to check your messages or watch that funny cat compilation video that your friend sent you.

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Multitasking - Just Say No

At first glance, multitasking can seem like a great way to get a lot done at once. But whilst you may feel like a beacon of productivity, the reality is somewhat different. Research shows us that our brains are not nearly as good at handling multiple tasks as we like to think. Indeed, Stanford studies tell us that heavy multitaskers have more difficulty ignoring irrelevant cues.

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Why is This?

When you’re multitasking, your brain rapidly shifts attention and focus from one thing to the next. This impacts you in two ways. Firstly, all that switching is more energy consuming than focusing on one activity would be. Think of this as a cognitive tax that your brain is forced to pay each time you change your focus. Secondly, each switch lowers your guard and allows distractions to creep in and slow you down.

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Achieving 'Flow'

Research shows us that there is a close relationship between creativity and ‘flow’ - a psychological state characterised by total concentration on the task at hand. If you’re in a flow state, the chances of you becoming distracted, or attempting to multi-task will decrease. Completing creative tasks, such as those within Chill Art, triggers flow and this flow state, in turn, aids creativity.

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The Chemical Cocktail

Entering a flow state also releases a veritable bounty of helpful neurotransmitters. You can expect large quantities of the following transmitters to flood your system:

  • Dopamine: Typically used to reinforce positive behaviours with the sensation of pleasure. This can give learners the motivation they need to focus and an incentive to come back.
  • Endorphins: This is the transmitter responsible for euphoria. It’s released when we overcome major challenges. It has been shown to make us feel happier and more relaxed, which is perfect for learning.
  • Serotonin: This transmitter affects our libido, appetite and most importantly, our ability to learn. It plays a key role in the formation of memories.
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How To Play

Chill Art challenges learners to create a picture inspired by a given word. This word is taken from a list that can be focused around your training topics, or alternatively, completely random. You could, for instance, challenge your users to create one of your products!

Here’s the catch: your learners have to create these objects using a limited supply of circles, squares and triangles.

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To try Chill Art for yourself, log in to the Genie authoring tool, or click here to sign up for a free trial.

You’ll then need to create a new ‘Quest’, or edit an existing one. Click on ‘Settings’, then ‘Change game template’ and select ‘Chill Art’. Voilà!

Good luck and happy creating.

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