Navigation Links
Trying Out New Identities Key to Video Games' Appeal: Study
Date:8/8/2011

MONDAY, Aug. 8 (HealthDay News) -- One reason why people worldwide spend 3 billion hours per week playing video games may be because the games allow them to "try on" characteristics they might like to have, a new study suggests.

The research included hundreds of casual game players and nearly a thousand dedicated players who were asked about their motivation for playing, as well as their post-game emotions.

The British researchers found that players' enjoyment seemed to be greater when there was an overlap between their actual self and their "ideal" self. That meant that being able to adopt a new identity during a game made players feel better about themselves and less negative.

"A game can be more fun when you get the chance to act and be like your ideal self," study author Andy Przybylski, of the psychology department at the University of Essex, said in a news release from the Association for Psychological Science. "The attraction to playing video games and what makes them fun is that it gives people the chance to think about a role they would ideally like to take and then get a chance to play that role."

He said he was "heartened by the findings which showed that people were not running away from themselves but running towards their ideals. They are not escaping to nowhere, they are escaping to somewhere."

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of the journal Psychological Science.

More information

The Nemours Foundation outlines healthy habits for children's use of TV, video games and the Internet.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Association for Psychological Science, news release, Aug. 3, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Page: 1

Related medicine news :

1. Attain Fertility Offers 3 Steps to Protect Emotional Well-being While Trying to Get Pregnant
2. Ethicists Charge Doctor With Trying to Prevent Homosexuality in the Womb
3. My dishwasher is trying to kill me
4. Study: Trying to lose weight? Lose the fat substitutes
5. People with fused identities are willing to die for their social group
6. Nationwide Video Search Kicks off Ban Asbestos Campaign
7. Nationwide Video Search Kicks off Ban Asbestos Campaign
8. Beat The Odds and Get Back on Track; Revitalizing Fitness Training and Exercise Resolutions With Newly Released, Complimentary Video Series
9. Solutions for Sleep Problems: Harvard's Improving Sleep Special Health Report and New Sleep Apnea Video
10. Cell Phones, Video Games Dont Spur Teen Headaches
11. VIDEO from Medialink and AAFA: Asthma PSA Reinforces Prevention of Asthma Symptoms
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Trying Out New Identities Key to Video Games' Appeal: Study 
(Date:7/23/2017)... ... July 23, 2017 , ... A 20-year-long study by a ... by the Minneapolis Veterans Administration Health Care System overwhelmingly supports growing evidence that prostate ... few benefits. , In the cases involved with this study, surgery did not ...
(Date:7/23/2017)... LA (PRWEB) , ... July 23, 2017 , ... ... to interact, thus improving communication, safety and patient-provider relationships. New tools are helping ... to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired® survey, released today ...
(Date:7/23/2017)... ... July 23, 2017 , ... Viora Ltd., a leading medical ... No. 9,038,640 by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent applies ... Switching, Vacuum, and Cooling mechanisms to further increase the efficacy and safety of ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... ... ... "As a doctor of lung medicine managing chest diseases for more than two ... inventor from Center Valley, Pa. "My idea is to improve the device to a ... PLEURAL SAFE-t-STAT CATHETER KIT to offer an efficient means of draining pleural fluid from ...
(Date:7/21/2017)... , ... July 21, 2017 , ... ... assistance and financial planning services to families and business owners in northern Florida, ... that promises to provide support to area adults with developmental challenges. , The ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/5/2017)... BOTHELL, Wash. , July 5, 2017   ... a leading developer, manufacturer and marketer of proprietary clinical ... cryopreservation freeze media ("BioLife"), today announced that ... ("WAVI") its debt holder and largest shareholder, to modify ... Pursuant to the modification, WAVI agreed to ...
(Date:6/30/2017)... 2017  AVACEN Medical (AVACEN) announced the publication of new research ... use of its AVACEN Treatment Method to significantly reduce ... ... Medical ... It affects approximately 200 to 400 million people worldwide according to ...
(Date:6/27/2017)... --  NuEyes (NuEyes Technologies Inc.) today announced that it ... in helping the legally blind live more independent lives. NuEyes works ... developer of augmented, virtual and mixed reality smartglasses and the ... funding amount was provided by strategic partners as well as ... Abu Dhabi , New York ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: