58 episodes

Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.

Psychology of Video Games Podcast Jamie Madigan

    • Video Games

Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.

    Episode 58 - The Economics of Online Games

    Episode 58 - The Economics of Online Games

    Just as video games can provide great examples of concepts from psychology, they can also illustrate concepts from neighboring fields. Like economics! In this episode, my guest expert walks us through his adventures in using basic knowledge of economics to wreak havoc (and have fun) in a massively multiplayer online game. And what kinds of issues designers of these kinds of games have to take into consideration.

    • 47 min
    Episode 57 - Mental Models in League of Legends

    Episode 57 - Mental Models in League of Legends

    Mental models are representations that help people understand and predict systems or situations such as a match in a competitive game. My guest expert this episode reports on his research into understanding the differences between the mental models of League of Legends players at different levels of expertise and accomplishment. Can understanding how these mental models are structured and developed help players become better and suggest ways that game designers can facilitate such development?

    • 57 min
    Episode 56 - Game to Grow

    Episode 56 - Game to Grow

    How therapeutic Dungeons & Dragons sessions are reaching people who need help in an engaging way.

    • 48 min
    Podcast 55 - Psychology of Level Design

    Podcast 55 - Psychology of Level Design

    What are some of the ways that video game level designers look to psychology for helping players can navigate, move through, and make sense of their virtual worlds?

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Podcast 54 - Sexualization in Games

    Podcast 54 - Sexualization in Games

    Should you expect playing as a sexually objectified avatar like Lara Croft to impact women's attitudes towards their own bodies or to create other harmful attitudes? My guests this episode engaged in what they called "adversarial collaboration" to run a study and find out. One didn't think they would find an effect from playing as Mrs. Croft. The other did. Find out who was right.

    • 49 min
    Podcast 53 - Online Relationships (Rebroadcast)

    Podcast 53 - Online Relationships (Rebroadcast)

    Are friendships and other relationships formed in online games substitutes for offline relationships? Are they better?

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

Troy & Abed in the mooooorning ,

A different way of looking at games

A very insightful podcast that any gamer would find interesting. Taking on stereotypical myths and highlighting the benefits of gaming.

Seany246 ,

Interesting topics, presented well.

Well researched topics and interesting insights. Keep sharing your psychological knowledge with us all.

Scottj76 ,

Great Podcast

As a psychologist with an active interest in gaming (BF4 still!), the first few episodes have been a fantastic insight for me. The information is up to date and interesting for those interested in psychology, gaming and game design. I think Jamie does a great job with his interviews, and the topic points are right on the money. Thanks Jamie for your work in putting this together.
Scott

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