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The Psychology of Video Game Engagement
Dr. Jamie Madigan, author of Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People who Play Them
Humanity+Technology Lecture Series
Lawrence Technological University
January 23, 12:30-1:45, Room S100
 
Abstract: Video games are designed to grab our attention, to motivate us to keep playing, and to enjoy ourselves while we do it. In this lecture, a psychologist and lifelong gamer will explore some of the most common psychological levers that game designers use to get players engaged with their game. Knowing how games purposely use goal setting, feedback, social cues about competition, intrinsic motivation, and growth mindsets will help gamers and those around them approach the hobby on their own terms and get the most out of it.

Speaker Bio: Dr. Jamie Madigan is an author and podcaster whose work focuses on the relationship between psychology and videogames. He is the author of Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People who Play Them (Rowman and Littlefield, 2019) and the forthcoming The Engagement Game: Why Your Workplace Culture Should Look More Like a Videogame (Ignite, 2020). He has appeared as an expert on the psychology of video games in dozens of print, web, and radio outlets, including The Washington PostWiredNatureThe AtlanticThe Chicago TribuneThe Times London, BBC Radio 5, and many more.