76 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

    • Leisure
    • 4.9 • 11 Ratings

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

    Podcast 76 - VR Therapy

    Podcast 76 - VR Therapy

    Could a commercial VR game you're playing be used for therapy? What should therapists and their patients know about VR and related technologies being used in therapy?

    • 53 min
    Podcast 75 - Cheating in Video Games

    Podcast 75 - Cheating in Video Games

    What's the psychology behind when and why people cheat? What can we apply from that research to cheating in video games? Find out in this lecture I recently gave on the topic.

    • 55 min
    Podcast 74 - 1.5-Sided Parasocial Relationships

    Podcast 74 - 1.5-Sided Parasocial Relationships

    My guests and I talk about how platforms like Twitch are changing how researchers think about parasocial relationships. Is it only one-sided when there's audience interaction?

    • 52 min
    Podcast 73 - Toxic Behavior

    Podcast 73 - Toxic Behavior

    Why do gamers sometimes engage in toxic behavior and what psychology can developers leverage to curb it?

    • 52 min
    Podcast 72 - Esports Medicine

    Podcast 72 - Esports Medicine

    My guest and I discuss how a physician can specialize in caring for the mental and physical health of professional gamers. Lindsey Migliore, MD is one of the foremost experts In esports medicine, trusted by the leading esports organizations and industry leaders. Through her work as GamerDoc, she applies scientific principles to the field of competitive gaming to definitively improve performance and expand the life span of the esports athlete. Her handbook of esports medicine, the first of its kind, was published in 2021 by Springer Medical. She is currently the Director of Player Performance at Evil Geniuses.

    • 48 min
    Podcast 71 - Video Game Engagement

    Podcast 71 - Video Game Engagement

    What's the psychology behind what makes video games engaging? Why will people invest their whole time, vigor, and attention to some games and not others?

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
11 Ratings

11 Ratings

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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