Examining how psychology explains why video games are made how they are and why gamers behave as we do.
Podcast 77 - The Psychology of Fandom
Why are fans so ready to get in fights over their preferred game properties or gaming consoles ?
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?
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.
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?
Podcast 73 - Toxic Behavior
Why do gamers sometimes engage in toxic behavior and what psychology can developers leverage to curb it?
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.
I don’t ever listen to podcasts because they’re usually monotonous, and my attention span is equivalent to a pop tarts. But i seriously love this! I even checked out his book at the library and it’s killer. I’m interested in both video games AND psychology so this is perfect! Thank you!
Love this podcast, sooo good! I get sucked in to it every time!
Glad it doesn’t focus on the research that we always hear about (like violence in video games) and gives an interesting view on where the research could be headed. He is great and bringing in interesting applications from the psychology research.