Category Archives: Research

Suicide is a Scourge

Today, news broke that the world lost one of my heroes to suicide. I love food and cooking with a passion, and Anthony Bourdain was responsible for that in no small way. Earlier this week, we lost a brilliant icon in the fashion world to suicide. Kate Spade was responsible for at least one person […]

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Researchers Make a Case Against the Inclusion of Gaming Disorder in ICD-11

Late last week, a number of game industry organizations put their support behind an international team of researchers and scientists who oppose the World Health Organization’s (WHO) proposed inclusion of Gaming Disorder in the 11th update of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11). The Entertainment Software Association, the Association for UK Interactive Entertainment (Ukie) and […]

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Forum Posts Helped Researchers Link Our Words to Depression

The words we choose matter to our wellbeing. That’s a central tenant of cognitive behavioral therapy, which helps us reconsider statements that reflect cognitive distortions. When we say, “I’m going to fail my test,” we’re engaging in fortune telling. That fortune telling hurts our chances to succeed in turn. When we insist that ‘I never […]

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One Researcher’s Approach for Studying Her Own Game Play Experiences

Video game research is thriving, with new studies and their results announced daily. In most cases, researchers have a group of participants to work with, or a list of survey respondents. For one PhD candidate, this posed a problem. Sonja Sapach hoped to document her own game play experiences into her dissertation research, but she […]

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Avatar Therapy Shows Promise for Voice Hearers

While technology has given therapists a whole new way to explore exposure therapy with patients with PTSD and anxiety disorders, other mental health issues haven’t gotten quite the same boost. Recently, however, psychiatrists have been exploring a technological approach to treating enduring auditory verbal hallucinations of the sort that are sometimes experienced by people with […]

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Virtual Interviewers Help Service Members and Veterans Open Up About PTSD

Stigma is hard on everyone it impacts, but when it keeps people away from their doctors, or keeps them silent about their concerns, it can be deadly. While organizations like ours work to fight stigma day by day, there’s no denying that it’s still pervasive — especially when it comes to talking about issues aside […]

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Game Development May Help Prevent Cognitive Decline

Since the days of Brain Age and Wii Sports, game studios have been hoping to help seniors stay sharp by encouraging them to play games. But according to a recent research project, seniors may have an even better time of things if they learn to make games, instead. Fabio Ota, founder of of ISGame, has […]

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Research Tells Us Video Games at Work May Be a Very Good Idea

If you have a phone and you play video games, there’s a good chance you already sneak game breaks occasionally during the work day, undoubtedly only during your regular, authorized break periods. In case it comes up, science has your back. In a study recently published in Human Factors, “Searching for Affective and Cognitive Restoration: […]

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This Research-Backed Online Tool Hopes to Banish Negative Thought Patterns

When a situation have a few possible outcomes — say, asking a friend for a favor — do you tend to assume the worst will happen? Not that they’ll be happy to help out, but that they’ll secretly resent you? That sort of negative thinking isn’t uncommon when you’re coping with anxiety, depression and other […]

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Share Your Thoughts on the Psychological Benefits of Video Games

Dr. Jennifer Hazel and her team at Checkpoint are researching the psychological impact of video games, and they’re looking for input from people around the world. If you play games of any sort, you can participate. Here’s why they’re studying this subject: We believe that games would be a valuable therapy for all sorts of […]

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