The Super Mario Effect - Tricking Your Brain into Learning More | Mark Rober | TEDxPenn

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When 50,000 of Mark Rober's 3 million FIstream subscribers participated in a basic coding challenge, the data all pointed to what Rober has dubbed the Super Mario Effect. The FIstream star and former NASA engineer describes how this data-backed mindset for life gamification has stuck with him along his journey, and how it impacts the ways he helps (or tricks) his viewers into learning science, engineering, and design. Mark Rober has made a career out of engineering, entertainment, and education. After completing degrees in mechanical engineering from Brigham Young University and the University of Southern California, Rober joined NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 2004. In his nine years as a NASA engineer, seven of which were on the Mars rover Curiosity team, Rober worked on both the Descent Stage (the jet pack that lowered the Rover to the surface) and some hardware on the Rover top deck for collecting samples. In 2011, Rober’s iPad-based Halloween costume helped launch both his creative costume company, Digital Dudz, and his FIstream channel, which now boasts 3 million subscribers and 400 million views. His videos focus on creative ideas and science- and engineering-based pranks and activities. Rober is a regular guest on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!". Today, he does research and development work for a large technology company in Northern California, where he lives with his wife and son. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

  • Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh.

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  • Neela

    MohammadMahdi GhafouriMohammadMahdi Ghafouri2 tuntia sitten
  • So basically what you're saying is, if we reward people for their success, instead of condemning them for their failures, we'd be more successful.

    Adham AbousalemAdham Abousalem3 tuntia sitten
  • But ehhh... i must be weird, i have that kind of attitude towards life, to keep trying without fearing failure, but not toward games, if i fail at a game i cheat and if i can't i quit, i have 0 failure tolerance in games and get frustrated very easily, i never have beaten the original SMB, and i could not get over the first boss at dark souls. Though i must admit this may be a learned behavior since i have an innate problem in fine motor skills and i simply can't get better at some manual skills no matter how hard i try, and since games usually require that, maybe i learned to not tolerate failure in games.

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  • 3:25 Sorry God forgive please i like-1 sorry

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  • Have a positive attitude

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  • Its being in the game, not focus on failure

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  • mario!

    PowerofdanPowerofdan8 tuntia sitten
  • so basically, failing is the best way to learn, yet the education system is based on punishing failing?

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  • shoulda said "focus on the peach instead of the pits"

    little ghostlittle ghost10 tuntia sitten
    • 🤣

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  • Well it looks like I've been distracted again while doing my homework

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  • If only schools took this advice and weren't cause of severe depression :)))

    Jay PatelJay Patel13 tuntia sitten
  • We Nominate Mark Rober for Secretary of Education.

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  • I love this movie.

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  • ok fine youtube. i’ll watch it.

    Programmer SheepProgrammer Sheep19 tuntia sitten
  • Excellent video. It's how the idea is being presented that makes such a big difference. Being able to think about any problem that way is golden. Thank you for sharing this thought!

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  • Very nice….

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  • I think he had a lot of good points but Mario does punish you for losing. You lose a life and if you ran out of lives the game ended.

    Brett LawtonBrett LawtonPäivä sitten
  • Superb.

    Trananh KhangTrananh KhangPäivä sitten
  • There is something you should know with Super Mario effect Only winning will lose your interest. I had downloaded hacked version of DLS 2018 with unlimited coins and I deleted it after 2 Days. But when I downloaded the orginal version from playstore I played it for 3 Months. Master Roshi tells about this in dragon ball Challenge gives interest to what your working on

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  • Omg.

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  • I am reading a book about TED talks, therefore I searched for this video and try to see if the presenter has used the techniques that were stated in the book. The first thing I noticed that Mark used stories to attract people's attention. The effects were so obvious: everyone laughed. The next thing Mark did was to present the data with visual aids such as PowerPoint slides. The histogram he prepared was easy to read and the message Mark wanted to show to the audience was clear as well. I believe that at this point most people have figured out what Mark was trying to tell them: The effect of ignoring penalty during the learning process. After that, Mark finally started to introduce the main message of this talk- The Mario Effect, which describes how treating life challenges as a game can trick people to learn more. Throughout the talk, Mark switched from telling interesting stories as well as personal experiences to sharing the main message constantly. His goal was to maintain the audiences' focus toward his presentation while ensuring he wasn't off the topic. He succeeds, not only that the audiences enjoyed his presentation, but they also learned a new concept without even noticing it. Well, as I have only read 56 pages of the book and I am far from finishing it, I am going to end this comment right now. I will be back after I have finished the book :) btw I just found out that Mark Rober was in one of Mr.beast's recent videos and I have seen several of his projects before, he is definitely a talented person.

    LY CheungLY CheungPäivä sitten
  • that way to teach wouldn't work, real life is based on results, if you give bad results you get fired, you'll see negative numbers in your account. Is better to teach to manage failure and see failure as a way to learn how to become better at whatever u are doing.

    Victor QVictor QPäivä sitten
  • Give this man the nobel prize, he deserves no less!

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  • Mom after the talk: "Stop wasting your time playing and talking video games!"

    Lantz ThomsLantz ThomsPäivä sitten
    • Just imagine if we didn't have grades in school and they taught us to learn from our mistakes instead

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  • 5:20 you could have killed someone but great presentation.

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  • DDamn I was that kid that focused on failures. I hated Mario Bros because of it.

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  • Alright professors of the world, learn from this video

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  • 3:14 good lord look how beautiful is his wife. fml.

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  • His first graph also demonstrates a principle in managing sales. The most successful salesforces (as an entire team) ARE NOT as successful when rewarded by getting bonuses per individualized successes. In fact: total production GOES DOWN.

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  • exactly what I needed right now, thank you youtube recommendation algorithm

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  • Superb.

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  • Fantastic.

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  • Just imagine if we didn't have grades in school and they taught us to learn from our mistakes instead

    Carla GrahamCarla GrahamPäivä sitten
    • There are schools that work under such a system, and if you test them in some kind of standarized test, even the lowest grader has a grade that is very superior to the average of normal schooling kids grade. The problem is that you need very, very good teachers for it, they do not even have homework per se. I do not rember exactly but basically, have you seen the seconds episode of the first season of the simpsons? the bart is a genius one where he changes the results of a IQ test with the ones from the smart kid and then Bart goes to a genius school? This system was similar to the one in that "genius school", only more refined and not for genius, but for everyone. I do not remember the name of that method of teaching, for that i am sorry, but it seems to exist and it is successful, but due to how different it is, due to how you need better teachers and much more teachers(you can only pair a teacher with 10-12 kids at max), it was not feasible to implement in any nation nationwide. Our current system(worldwide) is a teaching system made in 1700, that prepares kids for the world of 1800, with psychological methods of the 1900 and trying to use technologies of the 2000. Basically, it is a mess, you can only patch so far any kind of system until its current use is just soo different from the initial specs that it just is bloat and does not work well. The reason why pushing gamification and computers to schools feel soo pointless is because the system was made in a time where those things did not exist and was patched multiple times in times where they also did not exist, it would be kind of trying to use a car without any road. As a programmer, i deal with systems all the time, at the end of the day software is not different from human systems, just more efficient and logical, and you acquire a skill to see when a system is no longer worthy to maintain/update/patch it and if you really need it, you need to scrap it and start from zero with newer specs, the education systems used worldwide are just that, in fact they have been that for a long time, it has come to a point that employers sometimes have to retrain new employees out of the education system mentality for them to be functional at the workplace, where the whole point of an education system is to prepare people to do their job.

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  • This guy seems smart. He should do science on a youtube channel.

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    • Ikr...he should go on talk shows

      Asim SiddiquiAsim Siddiqui20 tuntia sitten
  • My kids aren't graded in school. I was and it forced me I directions that I didn't want to go. I wanted to go into science but the teachers told me I wasn't good at it. I always wanted to be a doctor instead of work in IT but school basically told me I wasn't good at it. So I took thier advice. Again I'm glad my kids aren't graded because I don't want them to loose thier focus on thier dreams and hurt thier creativity. Rember almost all your teachers couldn't make it in their own dream field . Also you parents may have had alot to do with punishment for failure and your reason you don't try.

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  • Moral of the story: screw tests

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  • Yang milih allah like 800 ya yang milih dajal abaikan saja.

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  • Can mark Robert just be President so he can change how the education system works

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  • Yea this is super motivational, imagine if schools watched this.

    CHiLL_95CHiLL_952 päivää sitten
  • My oh my! What an absolute gem of a talk! Companies and corporates should learn from this. My fear of failure crept in when I felt the burden of losing the job and livelihood if I couldn't deliver perfectly on tasks we hadn't dealt with before. Have lived in a shell ever since, wondering why is it that I can pull things off in video games while in real life, it's safest to stick to the known, and not even try.

    Wentworth MillerWentworth Miller2 päivää sitten
  • Excellent young man great talk,,,

    Ben AndersenBen Andersen2 päivää sitten
  • Is it just me or does this guy sound like Matpatt?

    TheMiguelTheMiguel2 päivää sitten
  • Yang milih allah like 800 ya yang milih dajal abaikan saja.

    Girl IndianGirl Indian2 päivää sitten
  • ahh so this is why Finland's education system works

    Mal HalseyMal Halsey2 päivää sitten
  • I see the clip of the snowball machine gun, I now need to go watch it.

    Sam ConductSam Conduct2 päivää sitten
  • Very nice….

    Nguyenviet ThanhNguyenviet Thanh2 päivää sitten
  • I actually got good at mental arithmetic by playing Pokémon. Not just playing it though - obsessing over battle strategies and calculating battle damage in my head. I thought I was bad at math but after a couple years of playing Pokémon I ended up in Honors Algebra in eighth grade, which means I must have skipped one or two grades in math.

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  • Cant believe they got Internet historian for this video

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  • Love you.

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  • And this is exactly why the North American school school system is flawed. Students are penalized for inevitable failure and never given opportunities to redeem themselves when they mess up on an exam or test; this only encourages them to give up.

    Emanuel CusanelliEmanuel Cusanelli2 päivää sitten
  • Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh .

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  • Mark: tells me that learning can be a game Me taking a test exam: why do I hear boss music

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  • xxxx

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  • Hi

    Anisa WhiteAnisa White2 päivää sitten
  • Is it just me or is he kinda look like Ryan Reynolds

    Basic BoyBasic Boy2 päivää sitten
  • see, I dont understand one thing. In that code puzzle, u penalized some people if they failed, and u called them meaningless fake internet points. Now u compare them to real life. But, in real life, arent we sometimes penalized badly for trying something unusual and failing at it?? Like bad money losses or debt? Yes, u gave an example of toddlers but again, they arent penalized for their mistakes. However, when u grow up and try businesses or something, its risky. What about an important exam? I am confused. Pls, explain.

    Ash The Pokemon MasterAsh The Pokemon Master2 päivää sitten
  • How does he have time for this?

    Adam WalkerAdam Walker2 päivää sitten
  • Maaf ya allah hamba liat ini.

    Xa QuyXa Quy2 päivää sitten
  • He doesn't say the most important thing: how to recreate the super Mario effect in boring things or to competing tests. So, basically, the all video Is pure entertainment, but nothing useful.

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  • when I want to move on, but the feeling seems like want to take time to stay and once it clear, it really take a time. Damn, when just get short time during young, fit little bit when matured age, and when too old, everything is slow and hurt.

    aizhe zadeaizhe zade2 päivää sitten
  • I am so grateful to be alive today. My girlfriend saved my life last night. This is a selfie I took in the emergency room after having a severe allergic reaction to almonds. I went into anaphylaxis, meaning my face, my lips, my eyes, my tongue, and my throat all started swelling up rapidly, making it almost impossible for me to breathe. I also had a rash all over my entire body, and I was extremely red. Staying alive had never felt more difficult. At one point, my nasal passage was completely blocked, and it was getting more and more difficult to breathe. They shot me up with Benadryl, steroids, they gave me a breathing tube, and even other stuff that I can’t even remember, and it caused all of the swelling and the rash to go away. Because this was a severe allergic reaction, I need to continue taking steroids and Benadryl for the next week, because it is possible that the allergic reactions could come back at any point over the next week. The steroids and Benadryl make me feel like a zombie, and I really want to take care of my health, so this will be my main focus over the next week. I want to thank my amazing girlfriend, who made the decision to take me to the emergency room the second I started feeling itchy. I was hesitant about going, because I didn’t even want to believe this was actually happening. If it weren’t for my girlfriend driving me to the emergency room only minutes after eating the almonds, there is a good chance that I wouldn’t have made it according to the doctor. This has been without a doubt the hardest few days of my life, but I also look at them as the most important few days of my life. These moments have reminded me about what’s really important in life, and it has made me so grateful to even be here on this earth. I will be prioritizing my health over the next week, and I’ll post updates about how I feel. Thank you all for being patient during these difficult times. This week has been NUTS (too soon for jokes? 😅)

    Alejandro FernandezAlejandro Fernandez3 päivää sitten
    • Really?

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  • This guy is insane! He should be a youtuber

    CaweehCaweeh3 päivää sitten
  • The world begins to realize the true value of games. Good.

    Kendal SchornKendal Schorn3 päivää sitten
  • lol dating is the absolute antithesis of this

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  • I love this movie.

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  • Very nice….

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  • Schools teach in the way of negative feedback, possibly because they feel they want to simulate a real world job interview. Schools shouldn't be focusing on simulating job interviews. Schools should focus on teaching. The only test the schools ought to perform, is on themselves... i.e. "why have i failed to transfer an idea/ piece of information to my student?". The "failure" of a student, is 90% the failure of the teacher.

    Debarshi MajumdarDebarshi Majumdar3 päivää sitten
  • It's a very deep message for humanity.

    Debarshi MajumdarDebarshi Majumdar3 päivää sitten
  • Fascinating! Especially the button test/video game part. Also the plan vs reality “not a bug, but a feature” part.

    ֍ Denis Ashton ֍֍ Denis Ashton ֍3 päivää sitten
  • Mark: tells me that learning can be a game Me taking a test exam: why do I hear boss music

    Ava ChristinaAva Christina3 päivää sitten
  • I have 3 C's rn ima send this to my mom

    Reece HeitReece Heit3 päivää sitten
  • "treat life like a game, then you'll be encouraged to learn more." Me, who has countless unfinished games because of a level I couldn't beat: 😐

    Jessku HatsuneJessku Hatsune3 päivää sitten
    • me, who still resents that one bakugan game from ps2 because i loved the game but literally never could beat the final boss and then became my most hated videogame xd

      Nicofaster 21Nicofaster 212 päivää sitten
    • That's when you go to the internet and look up how others beat that level. Sometimes you don't have the skills to do something but someone does, that's why we have specialization.

      Viperstriker4Viperstriker42 päivää sitten
  • Very nice….

    Night LoveNight Love3 päivää sitten
  • Best video I have ever seen.

    Sanket PatelSanket Patel3 päivää sitten
  • I liked this dude until I seen he did a ted.

    Gregory SullivanGregory Sullivan3 päivää sitten
  • Iya ya Allah.

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  • Fake Internet points? Sounds like reddit karma to me

    OkOk3 päivää sitten
    • edit: thanks for the 50 likes

      Nicofaster 21Nicofaster 212 päivää sitten
  • I like your talk, but I have a question about the first group. They were way more efficient than the second group. Who are they and is efficiency important in the learning process?

    Chris GiliomeeChris Giliomee3 päivää sitten
  • What about getting a Game Over. What happens then?

    Pokemaster3Pokemaster33 päivää sitten
  • what about rage quitting in video games

    Tobor VideosTobor Videos3 päivää sitten
  • Mom after the talk: "Stop wasting your time playing and talking video games!"

    Michael ZhengMichael Zheng3 päivää sitten
  • 13:51 Mark Rober, CEO of Bethesda

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  • Superb.

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  • Roses are red violets are blue if you give a like God will forgive you 0:22xx.

    Phamquoc QuangtrungPhamquoc Quangtrung3 päivää sitten
  • ok but the intro...

    KeziahKeziah3 päivää sitten
  • thanks you so much for this is has helped me alot

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  • LITERALLY. This can especially be proven now that we're in online school, as I guarantee every single child you ask will say that they have raised their grades significantly and been more successful, but have not legitimately learned or comprehended a single subject since March.

    TheBossGamingTheBossGaming3 päivää sitten
    • you spitting fax bro. but another thing is most of the children just cheat in the exam lol.

      Mine GamerMine Gamer2 päivää sitten
    • FACTS!

      Kim CKim C3 päivää sitten
  • This is a mind-blowing concept.

    RiaRia3 päivää sitten
  • Well I have to say that this was my first ever TED video that I didn't skipped even once. Thanks Mark and Thanks TED!

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  • I was feeling frustrated due lot of assignments and opened youtube and bamm got this in my recommnedation

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  • Mark: tells me that learning can be a game Me taking a test exam: why do I hear boss music

    Carla GrahamCarla Graham3 päivää sitten
  • What a cool uncle! In another life, I wanted to be one of his nephews!

    Rommel ChuaRommel Chua3 päivää sitten
  • I honestly wish I had teachers like mark rober, also I envy his nephews, imagine having an uncle who’s a mad scientist/engineer with over 8 million subs

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  • Dang i wish Mark Rober would be my teacher

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  • Love you.

    Vungoc LongVungoc Long3 päivää sitten
  • I wonder what that says about me exactly. I've tried many things in my life and I often will either give up after the first try or not attempt at all. I still have an old note from my 4th grade teacher to my mom asking her how he could motivate me. And to this day, I still do nothing.

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