Opinions and Culture

Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Games for Health: Avatars

This show is coming to you from the annual Games for Health meeting. This is a group of researchers, developers and service workers who are examining video game play as a way to service health needs. This show starts with a brief summary of the keynote by Martin Seligmann, world renowned positive psychology innovator. Then there is an interview with Debra Lieberman of the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is director of the Health Games Research initiative. In our interview we talk about the field of health games and of the psychology of avatars. These are our online characters. They can be a game based character, or facebook information, or an alias in a chat room. Our identification with these characters is part of the reason why they can benefit or possibly harm our offline selves.