Dr David Zendle

Lecturer in Computer Science

David Zendle

I’ve always been a gamer, I’ve always loved playing video games. But I found existing research on games and what they might do to people didn’t tally with my own experiences. Videos games haven’t really been around that long, we’ve only really cared about how they’ve been affecting people since the 80’s and a lot of fundamental questions in video game research have literally not been answered.

Computer science also gives the ability to create whatever you want.

I like finding out about the world, the fact that you can have a question, really big important questions that you can debate with friends, and science gives you a method for testing that. It’s enthralling to ask questions of the world and get answers back from it. Computer science also gives the ability to create whatever you want. You have a thought in your head; maybe an app, a game, a design for something; then learning computer science gives you the ability to take that thought and put it into the world.

Answer questions. Create something. Get your ideas out into the world.

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