What do research and theory say about how our avatars in video games and virtual reality may shape our behaviors –and how they don’t?
What’s the psychology behind role-playing in Dungeons & Dragons or video games?
What can the psychology of loot drops tell us about the evolution of the Diablo series?
Can playing a lot of games lead us to become better at explaining why a given character or behavior is moral or immoral?
Why are we motivated to keep playing games, sometimes even doing the same thing over and over again?
How some therapists are using games like Dungeons & Dragons for therapy and how it’s different (and the same) from the game you play.
In this episode, I talk about some of the psychology behind sales, especially digital sales that have no physical items or storefronts involved.
Could we develop a training regime for esports teams? My guest expert and I discuss the state of research on esports psychology.
How can we use one classic finding in the persuasion literature to combat toxic behavior in games?
I share a lecture I recently gave on the psychology behind video games and nostalgia, that bittersweet remembrance of times past.
Why video games are a great solution for the difficult problem of pain management.
What kinds of transformative experiences can watching Critical Role or actually playing Dungeons & Dragons create?
How do you best give feedback to a Dungeons & Dragons dungeon master about how to improve their game?
Why are fans so ready to get in fights over their preferred game properties or gaming consoles?
What if a video game could help nurses and doctors to be more empathetic with their patients?
Could a commercial VR game you’re playing be used for therapy? What to know about VR therapy.
Ever played a tabletop role-playing game with “story dice”? Here’s some of the simple psychology behind why they’re so much fun.
What’s the psychology behind when and why people cheat and what can we apply from that research to cheating in video games?
Riot’s AI is listening to your voice chat. Will it curb toxic behavior?
Twitch is changing how we think about parasocial relationships. Is it only one-sided when there’s audience interaction?
How has one particular quirk of psychology shaped the design of Dungeons & Dragons across editions?
What’s some of the psychology behind players’ turning toxic once they’re online?
How do Dungeons & Dragons players justify bad behavior? And how can a DM use the same tricks to make really bad and really believable villains?
My guest and I discuss how physicians can specialize in caring for the mental and physical health of professional gamers.
How games like Guardians of the Galaxy and Gears of War try to keep you from quitting when you end a level.
Why will people invest their whole time, vigor, and attention to some games and not others?
Why you shouldn’t always randomly generate names from a table for the dragons or characters in your D&D game.
Memes are a lot more sophisticated and complicated than you might assume. This episode unpacks the idea of memes and how we use them.
How Wizards of the Coast could have leaned into the psychology of collecting to sell more Monsters of the Multiverse
Here’s what’s coming to the site and podcast in 2022!
Ubisoft is experimenting with using NFTs to make in-game items unique. But they’re getting the psychology wrong.
Ever seen or heard something from a video game while you weren’t playing? We talk about these “game transfer phenomena” and their implications.
My guest expert and I talk about the psychology behind geek fandom conventions, how people behave at cons, and how Covid has changed them.
How can psychologists help esports athletes improve, stay healthy, and thrive?
When games have a message, do players respond?
I have a full house of guests this episode, talking about a new book about psychology and Final Fantasy.
What does the research say about how video games can help us be more positive and happy?
How game designers avoid –or deliberately use– the psychological phenomenon of loss aversion
My new book explains why your workplace should look more like a video game. And it’s out now!
What does research say about why people troll in video games?
Why do people donate to Twitch streamers? What kinds of relationships do streamers and viewers have?
My guest expert and I talk about supporting those who play and work in gaming communities.
Are rewards the same as incentives in game design?
I and my guest expert, a psychology Ph.D. and researcher at Riot Games, talk about using psychology to make better games.
How one online games marketplace is hoping to sell you more by offering less.
How one guild leveraged a basic understanding of economics to dominate other MMO players.
How do the mental models of League of Legends experts differ from other players? And what does it matter?
A lecture I gave on what makes for an engaging game.
How one non-profit is using RPGs to teach skills, help people, and enhance therapy.
The psychology behind how we spend in-game currency.
How do level designers look to psychology for helping players can navigate, move through, and make sense of their virtual worlds?