Psychology of Video Games Podcast

by Psychology of Video Games Podcast

Psychology of Video Games Podcast
  • Language: eng
  • Episodes: 34
  • Last: 16 Feb 2018
Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.

Episodes (34)

  • 002 - Big Data and Becoming a Video Game Psychologist
    002 - Big Data and Becoming a Video Game Psychologist
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    Published: 14 Apr 2015 Duration: 55:00
    Ever wondered how one gets into the field of video game psychology? Is there even such a field, really? In many ways Dr. Nick Yee is the answer to both those questions. He has a background in psychology and experimental design and he has pu... Read more →
    Ever wondered how one gets into the field of video game psychology? Is there even such a field, really? In many ways Dr. Nick Yee is the answer to both those questions. He has a background in psychology and experimental design and he has pu... Read more →

  • 026 - Moral Combat and the War on Video Game Violence
    026 - Moral Combat and the War on Video Game Violence
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    Published: 19 Apr 2017 Duration: 52:00
    My guests on this episode are Dr. Chris Ferguson and Dr. Patrick Markey, the authors of the new book Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong. We talk about why people tend to blame violent video games for all kinds of thin... Read more →
    My guests on this episode are Dr. Chris Ferguson and Dr. Patrick Markey, the authors of the new book Moral Combat: Why the War on Violent Video Games is Wrong. We talk about why people tend to blame violent video games for all kinds of thin... Read more →

  • 028 - Avatar Identification and Video Games
    028 - Avatar Identification and Video Games
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    Published: 19 Jun 2017 Duration: 59:00
    In this episode I talk to Dr. Jesse Fox about her research into how we identify with our video game avatars, how that affects how we play, and how it may affect what we take away from games. Specifically, we review a paper entitled "Playing... Read more →
    In this episode I talk to Dr. Jesse Fox about her research into how we identify with our video game avatars, how that affects how we play, and how it may affect what we take away from games. Specifically, we review a paper entitled "Playing... Read more →

  • 029 - Morality in Video Games
    029 - Morality in Video Games
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    Published: 17 Jul 2017 Duration: 01:02:00
    Moral choice in video games is a concept that has been with us for decades now. Many games feature points where you must decide how your character reacts to moral dilemmas or decide which of two evils is the lesser. And even games without m... Read more →
    Moral choice in video games is a concept that has been with us for decades now. Many games feature points where you must decide how your character reacts to moral dilemmas or decide which of two evils is the lesser. And even games without m... Read more →

  • Podcast 31: Harassment in Video Games
    Podcast 31: Harassment in Video Games
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    Published: 14 Nov 2017 Duration: 01:01:00
    Harassment of many types has been an issue that gamers and game developers have had to deal with for a long time now. In this episode my guest expert Wai Yen Tang talks about research that he and others have done on what leads to harassment... Read more →
    Harassment of many types has been an issue that gamers and game developers have had to deal with for a long time now. In this episode my guest expert Wai Yen Tang talks about research that he and others have done on what leads to harassment... Read more →

  • 027 - Collecting in Video Games
    027 - Collecting in Video Games
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    Published: 16 May 2017 Duration: 56:00
    In this episode we explore what people like to collect virtual objects in video games, why they do it, and what game designers could do to make collections more fun to acquire and use. About this week's guest: The Play & Interactive Exp... Read more →
    In this episode we explore what people like to collect virtual objects in video games, why they do it, and what game designers could do to make collections more fun to acquire and use. About this week's guest: The Play & Interactive Exp... Read more →

  • 012 - Video Game violence
    012 - Video Game violence
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    Published: 15 Feb 2016 Duration: 01:15:00
    Does controlling or experiencing violence in video games cause violence, aggression, or other acts of malice outside of the game? This is the main question that I discuss with my guest this episode, Christopher J. Ferguson, Ph.D. He is a pr... Read more →
    Does controlling or experiencing violence in video games cause violence, aggression, or other acts of malice outside of the game? This is the main question that I discuss with my guest this episode, Christopher J. Ferguson, Ph.D. He is a pr... Read more →

  • 011 - How do video games affect our physical and mental health?
    011 - How do video games affect our physical and mental health?
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    Published: 18 Jan 2016 Duration: 01:04:00
    I admit it: I'm turning into my parents. When I was a kid I played a lot of games, and they had concerns about how it was affecting my physical and mental health. My mom and dad thought it would wreck my attention span, stunt my social skil... Read more →
    I admit it: I'm turning into my parents. When I was a kid I played a lot of games, and they had concerns about how it was affecting my physical and mental health. My mom and dad thought it would wreck my attention span, stunt my social skil... Read more →

  • 001 - Video Game Frustration, Aggression, and Rage Quitting
    001 - Video Game Frustration, Aggression, and Rage Quitting
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    Published: 13 Mar 2015 Duration: 47:00
    Text. Pfft. Text is dead, am I right? Voice without video, THAT'S the future. Given that, I've decided to dip into the world of podcasting and have recorded my first episode. I talked to Dr. Andrew Przybylski from Oxford University about... Read more →
    Text. Pfft. Text is dead, am I right? Voice without video, THAT'S the future. Given that, I've decided to dip into the world of podcasting and have recorded my first episode. I talked to Dr. Andrew Przybylski from Oxford University about... Read more →

  • 007 - Video Game Debates and Research
    007 - Video Game Debates and Research
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    Published: 14 Sep 2015 Duration: 52:00
    I talk to Rachel Kowert and Throston Quandt about their new book on the the many debates surrounding video games as the scientific study of games. Kowert & Quandt's book, "The Video Game Debate" More about the podcast here: ... Read more →
    I talk to Rachel Kowert and Throston Quandt about their new book on the the many debates surrounding video games as the scientific study of games. Kowert & Quandt's book, "The Video Game Debate" More about the podcast here: ... Read more →

  • 025 - A Parent's Guide to Video Games
    025 - A Parent's Guide to Video Games
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    Published: 17 Mar 2017 Duration: 48:00
    Dr. Rachel Kowert returns to discuss her new book, A Parent's Guide to Video Games. We discuss her process for writing the book, who she thinks it benefits, and the questions and concerns that parents tend to have about the mental wellbeing... Read more →
    Dr. Rachel Kowert returns to discuss her new book, A Parent's Guide to Video Games. We discuss her process for writing the book, who she thinks it benefits, and the questions and concerns that parents tend to have about the mental wellbeing... Read more →

  • 018 - Biofeedback and Video Games
    018 - Biofeedback and Video Games
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    Published: 17 Jul 2016 Duration: 59:00
    I talk to Lennart Nacke from the University of Waterloo about the research he has done around psychophysiology --the physiological basis of psychological phenomena. We discuss how various physiological processes like breathing, heart rate, ... Read more →
    I talk to Lennart Nacke from the University of Waterloo about the research he has done around psychophysiology --the physiological basis of psychological phenomena. We discuss how various physiological processes like breathing, heart rate, ... Read more →

  • 023 - Self Determination Theory and Video Games
    023 - Self Determination Theory and Video Games
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    Published: 16 Jan 2017 Duration: 01:08:00
    There's a substantial body of literature  that identifies a triforce of motivation: Competence, Autonomy, and Mastery. That is, we're motivated to do something to the extent that we feel like we can get better at it, that we feel like we ha... Read more →
    There's a substantial body of literature  that identifies a triforce of motivation: Competence, Autonomy, and Mastery. That is, we're motivated to do something to the extent that we feel like we can get better at it, that we feel like we ha... Read more →

  • Podcast 32: Twelve More Months of Psychology of Video Games
    Podcast 32: Twelve More Months of Psychology of Video Games
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    Published: 18 Dec 2017 Duration: 01:06:00
    Enjoy the audio versions of 12 months of Psychology of Games articles from the website. (Sung, awkwardly, to the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas.")   Audio Credits “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creativ... Read more →
    Enjoy the audio versions of 12 months of Psychology of Games articles from the website. (Sung, awkwardly, to the tune of "Twelve Days of Christmas.")   Audio Credits “Robot Motivation” by The Polish Ambassador, licensed under Creativ... Read more →

  • 004 - Toxic Behavior in Video Games
    004 - Toxic Behavior in Video Games
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    Published: 15 Jun 2015 Duration: 01:04:00
    I think most of us have been there: we join an online multiplayer game and suddenly someone is screaming all kinds of nasty things at us, telling us to die in a fire, or spamming us with some hateful string of letters or another. This sort ... Read more →
    I think most of us have been there: we join an online multiplayer game and suddenly someone is screaming all kinds of nasty things at us, telling us to die in a fire, or spamming us with some hateful string of letters or another. This sort ... Read more →

  • Podcast 33: Executive Skill Transference and Play Diets
    Podcast 33: Executive Skill Transference and Play Diets
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    Published: 16 Jan 2018 Duration: 01:05:00
    Modern video games are complicated and require a lot of learning, problem solving, memory, planning, and other things that psychologists might identify as executive functions of the brain. There's a lot going on between our ears whenever we... Read more →
    Modern video games are complicated and require a lot of learning, problem solving, memory, planning, and other things that psychologists might identify as executive functions of the brain. There's a lot going on between our ears whenever we... Read more →

  • Podcast 34: Games Design Education and Psychology 101
    Podcast 34: Games Design Education and Psychology 101
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    Published: 16 Feb 2018 Duration: 01:09:00
    Many universities and other institutions are offering degrees in video game design and other careers in the gaming industry like art, coding, and user experience design. Some of them are also incorporating courses on psychology because it h... Read more →
    Many universities and other institutions are offering degrees in video game design and other careers in the gaming industry like art, coding, and user experience design. Some of them are also incorporating courses on psychology because it h... Read more →

  • Podcast 30: Gaming Addiction
    Podcast 30: Gaming Addiction
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    Published: 14 Sep 2017 Duration: 57:00
    I talk to someone who does research on gaming addiction about the concept in general, how hard it is to research it, and the APA's recent decision to (possibly, at some point in the future) include Internet Gaming Disorder as a real mental ... Read more →
    I talk to someone who does research on gaming addiction about the concept in general, how hard it is to research it, and the APA's recent decision to (possibly, at some point in the future) include Internet Gaming Disorder as a real mental ... Read more →

  • 022 - Research on Addiction and Aggression
    022 - Research on Addiction and Aggression
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    Published: 14 Nov 2016 Duration: 01:06:00
    Turns out that doing science is hard. And doing science involving people is particularly tricky and comes with all kinds of caveats. And then doing research on humans involving something as diverse and personal as video game experiences is ... Read more →
    Turns out that doing science is hard. And doing science involving people is particularly tricky and comes with all kinds of caveats. And then doing research on humans involving something as diverse and personal as video game experiences is ... Read more →

  • 013 - Stress, Games, and Recovery
    013 - Stress, Games, and Recovery
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    Published: 14 Mar 2016 Duration: 44:00
    Ever used video games to blow off some steam and recover from a hard day at work or school?  Psychologists who study stress and how we recover from it have noted that certain activities are better than others for helping us recharge our res... Read more →
    Ever used video games to blow off some steam and recover from a hard day at work or school?  Psychologists who study stress and how we recover from it have noted that certain activities are better than others for helping us recharge our res... Read more →