FaceBoard was used as an informal assessment of training that had taken place for tobacco farmers in rural parts of Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique.
One of the facilitators commented that the participants had learnt more while playing the game than they had during the actual training sessions.
The reason for this is simple: the brain is a social organ, so working in groups, receiving immediate feedback while participating in intellectual and social activities has benefits for brain function. The brain’s pleasure circuits are activated, inducing the release of the neurotransmitter, dopamine which is a contributor underlying the acquisition of new information and skills.
In addition, by discussing topics with others in a stress free, fun environment, we are able to
empathise and consider topics from different viewpoints, helping us to gain a deeper understanding.