A meme is, simply put, an "idea, behavior, or style that spreads from person to person within a culture—often with the aim of conveying a particular phenomenon, theme, or meaning represented by the meme" (Wikipedia). Originally coined by famous biologist Richard Dawkins, memes are seen as the driving force behind culture, as vital to the development of culture as genes are vital to evolution. But are they really?
One of the coolest things about observing people when they play a game, especially when you get to observe them for an extended period of time, is witnessing the moment when someone becomes truly immersed in the game environment, when they truly connect with it, when something just 'clicks'...
A new Stanford study has uncovered the next puzzle piece about how our brains process what we see around us... using Pokémon! I think, however, that there is an additional, valuable thing to be learned from this study, which has also to do with how we view things, but in a way you might not expect.
Reconceptualizing mental health has important implications for research as well as development of intervention tools. If the goal of intervention is not to reduce negative emotions but to encourage such qualities as openness, creativity, and internal locus of control, what would intervention tools look like?
A new paper by Hanneke Scholten and Isabela Granic is out, published by the Journal of Medical Internet Research! Find 'Use of the Principles of Design Thinking to Address Limitations of Digital Mental Health Interventions for Youth: Viewpoint' here or read about it here.
"My heart felt heavy and then I played this game and my heart felt light" what a beautiful description of Journey!… https://t.co/erHJOkTt6a
Great piece with @PlayNiceInst from the @GEMH_Lab on @CBCQuirks featuring discussion of MindLight, the game we also… https://t.co/oZKfyb6DHB
@PlayNiceInst @GEMH_Lab Yes, makes total sense! Getting over that threshold, though, seems hard to achieve.
Absolutely love this! I truly believe TTRPGs are a great platform to explore mental and emotional issues in a safe… https://t.co/wGjxM3pbhC
Today, 2 years ago, I started my PhD!