Category Archives: Research

What do violent games do to us?

A lot of us who’ve grown up with games have a knee-jerk reaction when anyone suggests violent games could increase aggression — no, of course they can’t, right? And it’s no wonder people get defensive about the subject. After all, it seems like every time a horrific act of mass violence occurs, the media digs […]

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Researchers Studied the End of a Virtual World and Found Players Building Communities

Want to know how people will act if we ever discover the world is about to end? Given an obvious lack of real world examples, you’d normally have to turn to fiction for such morbid speculation, but an international group of researchers had a better idea: study the end of a virtual world for insight […]

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VR Lets Researchers Study Altruism in Life-or-Death Situations

Virtual reality has become an exciting therapeutic tool, but that’s far from the only good its doing in the world of psychology and neurology. A new study published in Neuropsychologia shows that it’s also allowing researchers to create scenarios that would normally being impossible to study ethically. A research group from Italy’s Scuola Internazionale Superiore […]

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The 2017 IGDA Developer Satisfaction Survey is Open

If you work in the game industry, it’s time to have your voice heard. The International Game Developers Association’s 2017 Developer Satisfaction Survey (DSS) is open, and it needs your input. IGDA is looking for participation from everyone in the industry, whether you’re a student, contractor, solo developer or studio member, journalist, hobbyist, community manager, […]

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Anxious About Politics? You’re Not Alone

If you pay attention to the news at all right now, you might be a little stressed out. It’s not even a partisan matter — political instability is affecting people across the American political spectrum and around the world. In November, the American Psychological Association (APA) polled the public and found that 52 percent of […]

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Games Starting to Feel Like Work? Researchers Recommend Ditching the Schedule

If you’re part of something like a raiding guild, an amateur e-sports team or a tabletop group, you may have experienced the inexplicable dread that creeps up when you have a game coming up — even though you’re doing something you ostensibly love. It feels like work, you start to forget how it was ever […]

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Too Few of Us Get Adequate Treatment for Depression

If you’re coping with depression and you’ve taken steps to get help, you deserve to feel proud of yourself. For one thing, it’s not always easy to build up the courage, motivation and resources to get help, so taking that step is worth celebrating. For another, you’re part of a worryingly small group. Researchers at […]

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Virtual Reality is Helping Veterans From WWII Onward

For many of the veterans of World War II, war memorials are out of reach. They’re in their late 80s and 90s now and travel can be a challenge, even with the help of programs like Honor Flight. That’s why Honor Everywhere 360 was created — a virtual reality tour of U.S. War Memorials in […]

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The Daylight Saving Time Change May Be Bad for Our Mental Health

If you live in one of the countries where Daylight Saving Time (DST) is coming to an end, enjoy that extra hour of sleep this weekend. It may be the only clear-cut benefit to the time change. Springing forward at the start of DST can be bad — it’s associated with heart problems, car accidents, […]

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Next Week You Can Take Part in a Worldwide Mental Health Survey

Want to spend a week tracking your mood and contributing to a massive mental health data set? You might want to take a look at How Is The World Feeling? (HITWF). It’s a project taking place next week, designed to collect useful information about our moods. All our moods – everywhere. Spur Projects, the suicide-prevention […]

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