Madeleine Frister is a designer and researcher with a background in cognitive science. She has achieved a BSc in Psychology and a MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience from the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena, Germany. Driven by her creative passion, she recently started a design business where she is working independently on web development, games, and graphic design projects.
In 2020, she joined the IGGI programme at the University of York. In her project, Madeleine is exploring how we can design serious games as a diagnosis and training tool for working memory abilities. Working memory is a key aspect of cognition and is particularly affected by cognitive decline, which can have a negative influence on psychological well-being. As impairments in cognition are experienced by almost everyone in the course of normal ageing, serious games that effectively train abilities such as working memory can be a helpful and easy-to-use tool to increase the quality of life of many people. In a user-centred approach, Madeleine will therefore work together with older adults in co-designing an accessible and – most importantly – an enjoyable working memory game, drawing upon current findings in cognitive psychology.