- Cyberpsychology Research Methods
- The Online Self
- Personality and Internet Use: The Case of Introversion and Extroversion
- Impression Management and Self-Presentation Online
- Adolescent and Emerging Adult Perception and Participation in Problematic and Risky Online Behavior
- The Myth of the Digital Native and What It Means for Higher Education
- Technology Interference in Couple and Family Relationships
- Older Adults and Digital Technologies
- Textese: Language in the Online World
- Cultural Considerations on Online Interactions
- Online Romantic Relationships
- The Social Consequences of Online Interaction
- Online Support Communities
- Digital Inclusion for People with an Intellectual Disability
- The Psychology of Online Lurking
- Conceptualizing Online Groups as Multidimensional Networks
- Uses and Gratifications of Social Media: Who Uses It and Why?
- Image Sharing on Social Networking Sites: Who, What, Why, and So What?
- Social Media and Cyberactivism
- Socially Connecting Through Blogs and Vlogs: A Social Connections Approach to Blogging and Vlogging Motivation
- Positive Aspects of Social Media
- Managing Your Health Online: Issues in the Selection, Curation, and Sharing of Digital Health Information
- A Psychological Overview of Gaming Disorder
- Mourning and Memorialization on Social Media
- The Therapeutic and Health Benefits of Playing Video Games
- Video Games and Behavior Change
- Game Transfer Phenomena: Origin, Development, and Contributions to the Video Game Research Field
- Psychosocial Effects of Gaming
- Enacting Immorality Within Gamespace: Where Should We Draw the Line, and Why?
- Gaming Classifications and Player Demographics
- The Rise of Cybercrime
- Policing Cybercrime through Law Enforcement and Industry Mechanisms
- Cybercrime and You: How Criminals Attack and the Human Factors That They Seek to Exploit
- The Group Element of Cybercrime: Types, Dynamics, and Criminal Operations
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter explores how video games interact with individual characteristics to afford unique opportunities for behavior change. It first considers how video games differ from traditional media, and more specifically how they create virtual situations that may be perceived differently from those naturally occurring in reality. In this regard, the concept of situational affordance is discussed. It then examines simulated experiences provided by video games before describing a range of psychosocial pathways (both cognitive and affective) through which video games can impact behavior change both intentionally and inadvertently (motivation, personalization, Proteus Effect). It also recommends game elements aimed at eliciting behavior change and highlights some concrete applications that illustrate how games or game elements can be used to induce and sustain changes in health attitudes and behaviors. Finally, it identifies several areas for future research that are emerging in the field of game studies.
Jessica McCain, University of Georgia
Kyle Morrison, University of Georgia
Sun Joo Ahn, University of Georgia
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