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Video Games: Brain Gain or Drain?

Jayne Gackenbach Ph.D.

VideoGames: Brain Gain or Drain? – Game Transfer Phenomena

My guest this week is Angelica Ortiz de Gortari, who will talk about the Game Transfer Phenomena. This young woman is working on her doctoral degree in the International Gaming Research Unit at Nottingham Trent University in the United Kingdom. Originally from Mexico, Angelica has been fascinated with gaming and it’s effects for some time. Just as with my work on the effects of gaming on dreams, Angelica has found that when awake the game remains alive after the play ceases. That is, both intentionally and unintentionally gamers continue to use game based experiences in the real world. Angelica points to a wide variety of instances in her article which is about to appear in the International Journal of Cyber Behavior, Psychology and Learning. She points out that the more engaged in the game the player is the more likely they are to experienced game transfer to waking reality. She notes in her article that “Approximately half of the participants reported having thoughts about using elements from video games to resolve real life issues such as: using a boomerang or a hook, using a gravity gun to get things they cannot reach, zoom with sniper rifle to see something faraway, etc.”