Official course description:
Full info last published 1/12-21

Psychology of Play and Games

Course info
Language:
English
ECTS points:
7.5
Course code:
KGPSPLG1KU
Participants max:
40
Offered to guest students:
yes
Offered to exchange students:
yes
Offered as a single subject:
yes
Price (single subject):
10625 DKK
Programme
Level:
MSc. Master
Programme:
MSc in Games
Staff
Course manager
Associate Professor
Teaching Assistant
Teaching Assistant (External)
Course semester
Semester
Forår 2022
Start
31 January 2022
End
31 August 2022
Exam
Exam type
ordinær
Internal/External
ekstern censur
Grade Scale
7-trinsskala
Exam Language
GB
Abstract
The objective of the course is to provide students with ways of understanding, articulating and thinking critically about some of the fundamental assumptions about the psychology of games, play and players.
Description

The course introduces the student to classic psychological theory and ideas about games and play. The course relates these to research into contemporary issues and debates such as:

  • Gambling versus gaming and ‘loot boxes’
  • Dark design patterns
  • Addiction
  • Violence and social learning
  • The psychology of esports
  • Player types
  • Biases
  • Social dynamics in online spaces

These topics will be discussed against the backdrop of the main schools of thought in psychology: behavioral, cognitive, social, and existential-humanistic psychology. 

The course is designed to help students think critically about how games and play in a broad sense can be understood in a psychological framework; but also, how specific game elements might or might not influence players. 

Furthermore, the course will explore the affordances of the virtual worlds that have come to be the backdrop of a lot of play in the 21st century. 

The students will be tasked with not only learning about various psychological approaches to human play, games, and motivation in general, but also to implement these in playful interactions. How might one approach a design task based on the tenants of e.g. behavioral psychology as opposed to humanistic psychology?

Formal prerequisites

There are no formal prerequisites for the course. Prior academic experience with psychology is advantageous. However, teaching and learning activities are aimed at students with no prior knowledge of the field. 

Intended learning outcomes

After the course, the student should be able to:

  • Identify and account for select key questions and theoretical positions in the psychology of games and play.
  • Account for relevant theoretical perspectives on games and play.
  • Analyze and discuss a select issue within the subject area of the psychology of games and play. Discuss any broader implications the phenomenon might have for design, politics, ethics, society at large, etc.
  • Present relevant concepts from the curriculum precisely, and use these concepts in a well-argued manner in an investigation of a problem related to the understanding or analysis of games.
Learning activities

In this course lectures are teacher-driven, interactive sessions wherein students are asked to take active part in discussing and otherwise engaging with the course and its main theoretical concepts.

Exercise sessions vary in their format. They may feature class discussions, Oxford-style debates, student-driven seminars, and student driven workshops. In student-driven seminars students, in groups or alone, read and prepare a presentation of a part of the course literature for class discussion (all students will have to prepare at least one seminar). In student driven workshops the class as a whole attempt to apply psychological theoretical insight to concrete, game-related problems.

It is expected that students prepare a minimum of one seminar for fellow students, in which they work with selected readings from the syllabus.

Course literature

Psychology of Games and Play Spring 2021 Curriculum 

Required readings are marked with an *

Readings from the first lectures: 

*Best, J. (1998). Too Much Fun: Toys as Social Problems and the Interpretation of Culture. Symbolic Interaction21(2), 197–212. https://doi.org/10.1525/si.1998.21.2.197

*Stangor, C., & Walinga, J. (2014). 1. Introducing Psychology. I Introduction to Psychology—1st Canadian Edition. BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/introductiontopsychology/chapter/chapter-1-introducing-psychology/

*Walinga, J. (2014). 2. Introduction to Major Perspectives. I Introduction to Psychology—1st Canadian Edition. BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/introductiontopsychology/chapter/2-introduction-to-major-perspectives/

Elkins, D. N. (2008). Why Humanistic Psychology Lost Its Power and Influence in American Psychology: Implications for Advancing Humanistic Psychology. Journal of Humanistic Psychologyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0022167808323575

Enevold, J., Thorhauge, A. M., & Gregersen, A. (Eds.). (2018). What’s the problem in problem gaming?, Nordic research perspectives. NORDICOM.

Milgram, S. (1963). Behavioral Study of obedience. The Journal of Abnormal and Social Psychology67(4), 371–378. https://doi.org/10.1037/h0040525

Motivation

Canossa, A., Martinez, J. B., & Togelius, J. (2013). Give me a reason to dig Minecraft and psychology of motivation. 2013 IEEE Conference on Computational Inteligence in Games (CIG), 1–8.  https://doi.org/10.1109/CIG.2013.6633612

*Fogg, B. (2009). A behavior model for persuasive design. Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Persuasive Technology, 1–7. https://doi.org/10.1145/1541948.1541999

Fogg, B. J. (2002). Persuasive technology: Using computers to change what we think and do. Ubiquity2002(December), 5:2. https://doi.org/10.1145/764008.763957

Kato, P. M., Cole, S. W., Bradlyn, A. S., & Pollock, B. H. (2013). A Video Game Improves Behavioral Outcomes in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: A Randomized Trial Pamela M. Kato , Steve W. Cole , Andrew S. Bradlyn and Brad H. Pollock The online version of this article , along with updated information and s https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2007-3134

Lewis, C., Wardrip-Fruin, N., & Whitehead, J. (2012). Motivational game design patterns of ’ville games. Proceedings of the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games, 172–179. https://doi.org/10.1145/2282338.2282373

*Przybylski, A., Rigby, C., & Ryan, R. (2010). A motivational model of video game engagement. Review of General \ldots14(2), 154–166. https://doi.org/10.1037/a0019440

Sunstein, C. R. (2014). Nudging: A Very Short Guide. Journal of Consumer Policy37(4), 583–588. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10603-014-9273-1

Tanenbaum, J. G., Antle, A. N., & Robinson, J. (2013). Three perspectives on behavior change for serious games. Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 3389–3392.  https://doi.org/10.1145/2470654.2466464

Wood, W., & Neal, D. T. (2016). Healthy through habit: Interventions for initiating & maintaining health behavior change. Behavioral Science & Policy2(1), 71–83. https://doi.org/10.1353/bsp.2016.0008

* Klimmt, C., & Hartmann, T. (2006). Effectance, self-efficacy, and the motivation to play video games. Playing Video Games: Motives, Responses, and Consequences, 133–145.

Defence Against the Dark Arts

*Zagal, J. P., Björk, S., & Lewis, C. (2013). Dark patterns in the design of games. In Foundations of Digital Games 2013.

Nielsen, R. K. L., & Grabarczyk, P. (2019). Are Loot Boxes Gambling? Random Reward Mechanisms in Video Games. Transactions of the Digital Games Research Association, 4(3), 171–207. https://doi.org/10.26503/todigra.v4i3.104

* Karhulahti, V.-M., & Kimppa, K. (2018). “Two Queens and a Pwn, Please.” An ethics for purchase, loot, and advantage design in esports.

*Lewis, C. (2014). Irresistible Apps: Motivational Design Patterns for Apps, Games, and Web-based Communities (1st ed. edition). Apress.

Involvement

*Vella, D. (2013). "It's A-Me/Mario!": Playing as a Ludic Character. Foundations of Digital Games Conference Proceedings, 8, 31-38. http://www.fdg2013.org/program/papers/paper05_vella.pdf

Calleja, G. (2007). Digital game involvement: A conceptual model. Games and culture2(3), 236-260.

Murray, J. H. (1997). Immersion. In Hamlet on the Holodeck: The future of narrative in cyberspace (pp. 123-158). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Jenova Chen (2007). Flow in games (and everything else) Communications of the ACM, 50(4), 31-34.

Jennett, C., Cox, A. L., Cairns, P., Dhoparee, S., Epps, A., Tijs, T., & Walton, A. (2008). Measuring and defining the experience of immersion in games. International journal of human-computer studies66(9), 641-661.

Calleja, G. (2011). In-game: From immersion to incorporation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Behavior and Learning:

Baranowski, T., Buday, R., Thompson, D. I., & Baranowski, J. (2008). Playing for Real: Video Games and Stories for Health-Related Behavior Change. American Journal of Preventive Medicine34(1), 74-82.e10.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.amepre.2007.09.027 

Jensen, E. O., & Hanghøj, T. (2020). What’s the math in Minecraft? A Design‑Based Study of Students’ Perspectives and Mathematical Experiences Across game and School Domains. Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 18(3), 261-274.

Donaldson, S. (2017). I Predict a Riot: Making and Breaking Rules and Norms in League of Legends. Proceedings of DiGRA 2017.

Li, L., Grimshaw, J., Palmhøj Nielsen, C., Judd, M., Coyte, P., & Graham, I. (2009). Evolution of Wenger’s concept of community of practice. Implementation science : IS, 4, 11. https://doi.org/10.1186/1748-5908-4-11

Arnseth, H. C., Hanghøj, T. & Silseth, K. (2018): Games as Tools for Dialogic Teaching and Learning. In H. C. Arnseth, T. Hanghøj, T.D. Henriksen, M. Misfeldt, R. Ramberg & S. Selander (Eds.)  Games and Education: Designs in and for Learning. Leiden: Brill.

Egenfeldt-Nielsen, S. (2006). Overview of research on the educational use of video games. Digital kompetanse, 1(3), 184-213.

*Gee, J. P. (2005). Learning by Design: Good Video Games as Learning Machines. E-Learning and Digital Media,2(1), 5–16. https://doi.org/10.2304/elea.2005.2.1.5

Boyle, E. A., Hainey, T., Connolly, T. M., Gray, G., Earp, J., Ott, M., ... & Pereira, J. (2016). An update to the systematic literature review of empirical evidence of the impacts and outcomes of computer games and serious games. Computers & Education, 94, 178-192.

Mayer, I., Bekebrede, G., Harteveld, C., Warmelink, H., Zhou, Q., Ruijven, T., ... & Wenzler, I. (2014). The research and evaluation of serious games: Toward a comprehensive methodology. British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(3), 502-527.

Garris, R., Ahlers, R., & Driskell, J. E. (2002). Games, motivation, and learning: A research and practice model. Simulation & gaming, 33(4), 441-467.

Barab, S., Thomas, M., Dodge, T., Carteaux, R., & Tuzun, H. (2005). Making learning fun: Quest Atlantis, a game without guns. Educational technology research and development, 53(1), 86-107.

Kato, P. M., Cole, S. W., Bradlyn, A. S., & Pollock, B. H. (2008). A video game improves behavioral outcomes in adolescents and young adults with cancer: a randomized trial. Pediatrics, 122(2), e305-e317.

Gee, J. P. (2003). What video games have to teach us about learning and literacy. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan. 

Perception

*Feng, J., & Spence, I. (2018). Playing Action Video Games Boosts Visual Attention. In C. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp. 93–104). Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_8

Boot, W., Blakely, D., and Simons, D. (2011). Do action video games improve perception and cognition? Frontiers in Psychology- https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00226/full

Spence, I., Feng, J. (2010) Video Games and Spatial Cognition. Review of General Psychology Vol. 14 No. 2, 92-104 - https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1037/a0019491

Kraus, N., Anderson, S., White-Schwoch, T. (2017). The frequency-following response a window into human communication. In The frequency-following response (pp. 1-15). Springer

Krizman, J., Kraus, N. (2019). Analyzing the FFR A tutorial for decoding the richness of auditory function. Hearing research, 382

Lotto, A., Holt, L. (2010). Psychology of auditory perception. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews Cognitive Science, 2(5), 479-489.pdf

*Roque, N., Boot, W. (2018) Playing Action Video Games DO NOT Boosts Visual Attention in Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (p. 105-118)

McManus, Freda., & Butler, Gillian. (2000). Psychology: A very short introduction. Oxford University Press. Chapter 4: How do we use what is in the mind? Thinking, reasoning and communicating. 

Kahneman, Slovic & Tversky. (1982). Judgement under Uncertainty: Heuristics and biases. University Press. Part I: Introduction. 

Celia Hodent. (2018). The Gamer's Brain - How Neuroscience and UX Can Impact Video Game Design. CRC Press. (pp. 12 - 16)

Dunbar, N. E., Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S. N., Lane, B. L., ... & Lee, Y. H. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 307-318.

Allen, R. B. (1997). Mental models and user models. In Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction (Second Edition) (pp. 49-63).

Bavelier, D., Green, C. S., Han, D. H., Renshaw, P. F., Merzenich, M. M., & Gentile, D. A. (2011). Brains on video games. Nature reviews neuroscience, 12(12), 763.

Kerous, B., Skola, F., & Liarokapis, F. (2017). EEG-based BCI and video games: a progress report. Virtual Reality, 1-17.

Holmgård, C., Togelius, J., & Henriksen, L. (2016). Computational intelligence and cognitive performance assessment games. In Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG), 2016 IEEE Conference on (pp. 1-8). IEEE.

Weaver, A. J., & Lewis, N. (2012). Mirrored morality: An exploration of moral choice in video games. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 15(11), 610-614.

Donchin, E. (1995). Video games as research tools: The Space Fortress game. Behavior Research Methods, 27(2), 217-223.

Dunbar, N. E., Miller, C. H., Adame, B. J., Elizondo, J., Wilson, S. N., Lane, B. L., ... & Lee, Y. H. (2014). Implicit and explicit training in the mitigation of cognitive bias through the use of a serious game. Computers in Human Behavior, 37, 307-318.

Thompson, J. J., Blair, M. R., & Henrey, A. J. (2014). Over the hill at 24: persistent age-related cognitive-motor decline in reaction times in an ecologically valid video game task begins in early adulthood. PloS one, 9(4), e94215.

Personality and Player Types

Bartle, R. (1996). Hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades: Players who suit MUDs.

Hunicke, R., Leblanc, M., & Zubek, R. (2004). MDA: A Formal Approach to Game Design and Game Research. AAAI Workshop - Technical Report, 1.

Canossa, A., Badler, J. B., El-Nasr, M. S., Tignor, S., & Colvin, R. C. (2015). In Your Face(t) Impact of Personality and Context on Gameplay Behavior. In FDG.

Canossa, A., & Drachen, A. (2009, September). Patterns of Play: Play-Personas in User-Centred Game Development. In DiGRA Conference.

*Yee, N. (2006). Motivations for play in online games. CyberPsychology & behavior, 9(6), 772-775.

Tekofsky, S., Van Den Herik, J., Spronck, P., & Plaat, A. (2013). Psyops: Personality assessment through gaming behavior. In: Proceedings of the International Conference on the Foundations of Digital Games. FDG.

Short, T. X. (2017, February 22). Maximizing the Impact of Procedural Personalities. Retrieved January 6, 2018, from https://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/TanyaXShort/20170222/291312/Maximizing_the_Impact_of_Procedural_Personalities.php

Vahlo, J., Kaakinen, J. K., Holm, S. K., & Koponen, A. (2017). Digital Game Dynamics Preferences and Player Types. Journal of Computer‐Mediated Communication, 22(2), 88-103.

Tychsen, A., & Canossa, A. (2008). Defining personas in games using metrics. In Proceedings of the 2008 Conference on Future Play: Research, Play, Share (pp. 73-80). ACM.

Bartle, R. (1996). Hearts, clubs, diamonds, spades: Players who suit MUDs. Journal of MUD research, 1(1), 19.

Borsboom, D. (2006). The attack of the psychometricians. Psychometrika, 71(3), 425.

Lankveld, G. van, Spronck, P., Herik, J. van den, & Arntz, A. (2011). Games as personality profiling tools. 2011 IEEE Conference on Computational Intelligence and Games (CIG’11), 197–202.  https://doi.org/10.1109/CIG.2011.6032007

Emotion

*Stangor, C., & Walinga, J. (2014). 11. Emotions and Motivations. I Introduction to Psychology—1st Canadian Edition. BCcampus. https://opentextbc.ca/introductiontopsychology/chapter/chapter-10-emotions-and-motivations/

Scirea, M., Eklund, P., Togelius, J., & Risi, S. (2018). Evolving in-game mood-expressive music with metacompose. In Proceedings of the Audio Mostly 2018 on Sound in Immersion and Emotion (pp. 1-8)

Montola, M. (2010). The Positive Negative Experience in Extreme Role-Playing.The Foundation Stone of Nordic Larp.

Eladhari, M., & Lindley, C. A. (2003). Player Character Design Facilitating Emotional Depth in MMORPGs. In DiGRA ’03 - Proceedings of the 2003 DiGRA International Conference: Level Up. Retrieved from  http://www.digra.org/wp-content/uploads/digital-library/05163.50372.pdf

Watson, D., Clark, L. A., & Tellegen, A. (1988). Development and validation of brief measures of positive and negative affect: The PANAS scales. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1037//0022-3514.54.6.1063

Russell, J. A. (1980). A circumplex model of affect. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 39(6), 1161-1178.

Vieira, L. C., & da Silva, F. S. C. (2017). Assessment of fun in interactive systems: A survey. Cognitive Systems Research41, 130-143.

Lazzarro, N. (2015). The four fun keys. In Game usability: Advancing the player experience.

Poels, K., Hoogen, W. V. D., Ijsselsteijn, W., & de Kort, Y. (2012). Pleasure to play, arousal to stay: The effect of player emotions on digital game preferences and playing time. Cyberpsychology, behavior, and social networking15(1), 1-6.

Petersen, F. W., Thomsen, L. E., Mirza-Babaei, P., & Drachen, A. (2017, October). Evaluating the Onboarding Phase of Free-to-Play Mobile Games: A Mixed-Method Approach. In Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (pp. 377-388). ACM.

Lopes, P., Yannakakis, G. N., & Liapis, A. (2017). RankTrace: Relative and Unbounded Affect Annotation. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction.

Isbister, K. (2011). Emotion and motion: games as inspiration for shaping the future of interface. interactions18(5), 24-27.

Bechara, A., Damasio, H., Tranel, D., & Damasio, A. R. (1997). Deciding advantageously before knowing the advantageous strategy. Science, 275(5304), 1293-1295.

Yannakakis, G. N., Spronck, P., Loiacono, D., & André, E. (2013). Player modeling. In Dagstuhl Follow-Ups (Vol. 6). Schloss Dagstuhl-Leibniz-Zentrum fuer Informatik.

Isbister, K. (2016). How games move us: Emotion by design. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. (pp. 1-42)

Norman, D. A. (2004). Emotional design: Why we love (or hate) everyday things. Basic Civitas Books.

Picard, R. W. (2000). Affective Computing. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Gross, J. J. (2008). Emotional Regulation - Handbook of Emotions (3rd ed.). The Guildford Press.

Wolf, L. (2019). Depression and Digital Games: An investigation of existing uses of therapy games. New directions in Game Research, 151-169.

Brezinka, V. (2008). Treasure Hunt - a serious game to support psychotherapeutic treatment of children. Studies in health technology and informatics, 71-76.

Carrasco, Á. E. (2016). Acceptability of an adventure video game in the treatment of female adolescents with symptoms of depression. Research in Psychotherapy: Psychopathology, Process and Outcome, 10-18. doi:10.4081/ripppo.2016.182

Coyle, D., & Matthews, M. (2004). Personal Investigator: A Therapeutic 3D game for Teenagers. Interactive technology and smart education.

Kubovy, M. (1999). “On the pleasures of the mind,” in Well-Being: The Foundation of Hedonic Psychology, eds D. Kahneman, E. Diener, and D. N. Schwarz (New York, NY: Russell Sage Foundation), 134–154.

Cox, C. L., Uddin, L. Q., Di Martino, A., Castellanos, F. X., Milham, M. P., & Kelly, C. (2011). The balance between feeling and knowing: Affective and cognitive empathy are reflected in the brain’s intrinsic functional dynamics. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 7(6), 727–737. https://doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsr051

Eisen, G. (1990). Children and play in the Holocaust: Games among the shadows. University of Massachusetts Press.

Fordham, J., & Ball, C. (2019). Framing Mental Health Within Digital Games: An Exploratory Case Study of Hellblade. JMIR Mental Health, 6(4). https://doi.org/10.2196/12432

Gray, P. (2013). Free to learn: Why unleashing the instinct to play will make our children happier, more self-reliant, and better students for life. Basic Books.

Huizinga, J. (1938). Homo ludens: A study of the play-element in culture.

Jondreau, A. (2020, april 11). The Unique Storytelling Power of Video Games. Medium. https://anthonyjondreau.medium.com/the-unique-storytelling-power-of-video-games-e68f36f74145

Singer, P. (2011). The expanding circle: Ethics, evolution, and moral progress (1st Princeton University Press pbk. ed). Princeton University Press.

Social interaction

*Isbister, K. (2010). Enabling social play: A framework for design and evaluation. In Evaluating user experience in games(pp. 11-22). Springer London.

Isbister, K. (2015). Social play and user research. In Game usability: Advancing the player experience.

Seif El-Nasr, M., Aghabeigi, B., Milam, D., Erfani, M., Lameman, B., Maygoli, H., & Mah, S. (2010). Understanding and evaluating cooperative games. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 253-262). ACM.

Taylor, T. L. (2011). Internet and games. In The handbook of internet studies (pp. 369-383).

Bowman, N. D. (2018). The Demanding Nature of Video Game Play. I Video Games (1. udg., s. 1–24). Routledge.

Cook, C. L. (2019). Between a Troll and a Hard Place: The Demand Framework’s Answer to One of Gaming’s Biggest Problems. Media and Communication (Lisboa), 7(4), 176–185.

Walther, J. (1996). Computer-Mediated Communication: Impersonal, Interpersonal, and Hyperpersonal Interaction. Communication Research, 23(1), 3–43.

Representation

*Shaw, A. (2017). Diversity without defense: Reframing arguments for diversity in games. Kinephanos: Journal of Media Studies and Popular Culture, July, 54-76. https://www.kinephanos.ca/2017/diversity-without-defense/

*Aronczyk, M. (2016) The Replication of Ideology: An interview with Adrienne Shaw and Marcus Boon - https://gamescriticism.org/interviews/aronczyk-3-a/

Adrienne Shaw (2014) The Internet Is Full of Jerks, Because the World Is Full of Jerks: What Feminist Theory Teaches Us About the Internet, Communication and Critical/ Cultural Studies, 11:3, 273-277, DOI: 10.1080/14791420.2014.926245

Shaw, A. (2014) Gaming at the Edge. University of Minnesota Press
Especially chapters "Does anyone really identify with Lara Croft?" & "When and why representation matters to players"

Shaw, A. (2017). Encoding and decoding affordances: Stuart Hall and interactive media technologies. media, culture & society39(4), 592-602.

Chess, S. (2016). The queer case of video games: Orgasms, heteronormativity, and video game narrative. Critical Studies in Media Communication33(1), 84-94.

Chess, S., Evans, N. J., & Baines, J. J. (2017). What does a gamer look like? Video games, advertising, and diversity. Television & New Media18(1), 37-57.

Topics from 2020

Games and addiction

Nielsen, R. K. L., & Kardefelt-Winther, D. (2018). Helping Parents Make Sense of Video Game Addiction. In C. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp. 59–69). Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_5

Pontes, H. M. (2018). Making the Case for Video Game Addiction: Does It Exist or Not? In C. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp. 41–57). Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_4

Games and Aggression

Drummond, A., Sauer, J. D., & Garea, S. S. (2018). The Infamous Relationship Between Violent Video Game Use and Aggression: Uncharted Moderators and Small Effects Make It a Far Cry from Certain. In C. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp. 23–40). Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_3

Scharrer, E., Kamau, G., Warren, S., & Zhang, C. (2018). Violent Video Games Do Contribute to Aggression. In C. J. Ferguson (Ed.), Video Game Influences on Aggression, Cognition, and Attention (pp. 5–21). Springer International Publishing.  https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-95495-0_2

Ferguson, C. J. (2015). Do angry birds make for angry children? A meta-analysis of video game influences on children’s and adolescents’ aggression, mental health, prosocial behavior, and academic performance. Perspectives on Psychological Science, 10(5), 646-666.

Play

Caillois, R. (2005). The definition of play and the classification of games. In The game design reader: A rules of play anthology (pp. 103-124). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 

Huizinga, J. (2005). Nature and significance of play as a cultural phenomenon. In The game design reader: A rules of play anthology (pp. 87-102). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Bekoff, M. and Pierce, J. (2009). Wild justice: Honor and fairness among beasts at play. American Journal of Play 1(4), 451- 475. https://animalstudiesrepository.org/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1003&context=soccog

Caillois, R. (2001). The Definition of Play. in Man, Play and Games (pp. 3-10). The Free Press of Glencoe, Inc.

Huizinga, J. (1949) NATURE AND SIGNIFICANCE OF PLA.Y AS A CULTURAL PHENOMENON. In Homo Ludens (pp. 1-27). Routledge & Kegan Paul Ltd., London

Zimmerman, E. (2012). Jerked around by the magic circle: Clearing the air ten years later. Gamasutra. Retrieved January 8, 2018, from https://www.gamasutra.com/view/feature/ 135063/ jerked_around_by_the_magic_circle_.php 

Suits, B. (2005). Construction of a definition. In The game design reader: A rules of play anthology (pp. 136-148). Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 

Granic, I., Lobel, A., & Engels, R. C. M. E. (2014). The benefits of playing video games. American Psychologist, 69(1), 66-78. 

Student Activity Budget
Estimated distribution of learning activities for the typical student
  • Preparation for lectures and exercises: 30%
  • Lectures: 20%
  • Exercises: 20%
  • Exam with preparation: 30%
Ordinary exam
Exam type:
C: Submission of written work, External (7-point scale)
Exam variation:
C11: Submission of written work
Exam submisson description:
For the final exam students are required to submit an a traditional academic paper. Exam papers are written individually and have to be between 10 and 12 normal pages.

One normal page is defined as 2400 characters. Including spaces, footnotes, and endnotes. Excluding front page, table of contents, references, and appendices.

Time and date
Ordinary Exam - submission Fri, 3 Jun 2022, 08:00 - 14:00
Reexam - submission Wed, 27 Jul 2022, 08:00 - 14:00