Wednesday Round Up #30

This week it’s gaming, mental health, academia, technology, the brain, and anthropology.

Video Games

Heather Chaplin, Xbox’s ‘Braid’ Is a Surprise Hit, for Surprising Reasons
NPR on Braid, a “game grownups can play” and a “meditation on the meaning of life”

Clive Thompson, How Video Games Blind Us with Science
Do kids practice science when they play? Professor and gamer Constance Steinkuehler argues yes

Maggie Greene, UC Irvine Gets Grant to Study WoW
World of Warcraft in US and the China – will culture matter?

The Brainy Gamer, Brilliant
Engagement, obsession, immesion? How about open worlds and the ability to express yourself!

The Game Anthropologist, Games’ Influencing of Players
“The long and short of it? The game makes the player.”

Cognitive Daily, The Bloodier the Game, The More Hostile the Gamer
Mortal Kombat settings and a one-game study – the bloodier the game play, the more violent the resulting thoughts. So, are players after that arousal gap? And with the sword, are they looking for that bloody spray? And here context (in game only) helps shape resulting experience.
So, interesting results but various ways to interpret what players are doing and experiencing

Mental Health

Sarah Kershaw, Girl Talk Has Its Limits
Teenage girls and co-rumination – or wallowing in sorrows and anxieties together

Serendip, Mental Health and the Brain
A discussion over at Bryn Mawr college this fall

Richard Perez-Pena, The Sports Whisperer, Probing Psychic Wounds
Gary Smith and the wounds and obsessions and stories of athletes

Clara Moskowitz, Social Isolation Makes People Cold, Literally
Rejected people feel colder. Is it all metaphor and embodied reactions? Benedict Carey at the NY Times also covers the same research in A Cold Stare Can Make You Crave Some Heat

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Round Up of Wednesday Round Ups

The first twenty Wednesday round-ups quickly evolved into a format of summarizing different links by themes. So here are the past twenty weeks with the covered themes indicated next to the link. Have fun exploring. I have.

Wednesday Round Up #20 Brain Health & Illness, Addiction, PLoS One Papers, General, Evolution

Wednesday Round Up #19 Education, Health, Anthropology, Mental Health, Language

Wednesday Round Up #18 Experimental Philosophy, Morality, The Brain, Addiction, Nature/Nurture, Evolution, Animals

Wednesday Round Up #17 Inequality, Anorexia, Decision Making, Politics, General, Evolution, The Brain

Wednesday Round Up #16 Biocultural Synergies, Psychiatry, Brain Stuff, Marriage, Genetics

Wednesday Round Up #15 Anthropology, Elitism in the US, Decision Making, Gender in the US, Everyday Life, General

Wednesday Round Up #14 Memory, Prefrontal Cortex, Consumer Life, More on the Brain, Education

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