Dr-Mark-Ashton-SmithI was awarded a joint Ph.D. in cognitive psychology and neuroscience from the Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC).  I have held Lecturer/Assistant Professor posts in the Experimental Psychology Department at the University of Cambridge and Bilkent University, Department of Psychology. I am the founder and director of IQ MindwareMindware Lab and HRP Lab.  I do independent research and theoretical work and R&D in the areas of cognitive interventions for brain health, resilience, performance and creativity. I currently divide time between Cornwall and Cambridge in the UK.


Recent Blog Posts

Games, Deep Games & Common Ground

"A game is a skill-based exercise of purposeful agents in a dynamically coupled, self-regulating (feedback control) environment, constrained by a distinctive set of procedures, rules, standards/norms and practices, where there is a valued resource or resources at stake, where there is uncertainty and risk, and where the objective of each agent is to attain a polarized disequilibrium or equilibrium of those resources – either cooperatively or competitively - through strategic decisions and actions (‘moves’).”
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