Aniek Wolsonline

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PhD-candidate interested in how and why applied games for mental health work.

Top-3 games
  1. Monument Valley
  2. Overcooked
  3. Settlers of Catan
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About me

In 2016 I graduated from the Research Master Behavioural Science at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. For my master thesis, entitled ‘In-game play behaviours during an applied video game for anxiety prevention predict succesful intervention outcomes’ I investigated mechanisms of change in the in-house designed video game Mindlight. I have been awarded with a Research Talent grant from NWO (the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) and I will be continuing my gaming research at Radboud University and within the Games for Emotional and Mental Health-lab (GEMH-lab) as a PhD candidate.

Projects I’ve worked on

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    Anxiety
    Date
    14/08/2018
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    Location

    Are Improvements in Anxiety Associated with How Children Play MindLight?

    About the project

    The video game MindLight has been found to be an effective anxiety prevention program (see project: MindLight - Childhood Anxiety Prevention). However, we don’t know whether the clinical techniques incorporated in the game were responsible for the observed changes in anxiety symptoms. In this project we examined how children play MindLight, to what extent they interact with the clinical techniques in the game and how that relates to their anxiety improvements.

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  • Category
    Gaming
    Date
    14/08/2018
    Study/Course
    Location

    Nonspecific Factors in Video Games for Mental Health

    About the project

    More and more games are designed to promote mental health. If these games are found to be effective, it is important to investigate which factors are responsible for the improvements in mental health. Most often, this type of research focuses on the specific clinical techniques that were designed into the game. However, from the clinical literature it is known that, for instance, expectations, motivation, and one’s mindset about the malleability of symptoms play a major role in positive intervention outcomes. In my project I aim to investigate these nonspecific factors and examine how we can manipulate these factors in order to optimize video games for mental health.

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My updates

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    April
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    April
    About the event

    SIPS Conference on Placebo Studies

    Location

    Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences of Leiden University

    The SIPS conference is devoted to medical, psychological, and neurobiological research on placebo effects, and will also address ethical dilemmas and treatment options.

My publications

  • In-Game Play Behaviours during an Applied Video Game for Anxiety Prevention Predict Successful Intervention Outcomes

    Wols, A., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Schoneveld, E. A., & Granic, I. (2018). Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10862-018-9684-4

    Author: Aniek Wols

    Upload date: 06-11-2018

  • Aniek Wols on Google Scholar

    Games for Emotional and Mental Health

    Author: Aniek Wols

    Upload date: 08-14-2018

Worked together with

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Isabela Granic

Professor and Chair of the Developmental Psychopathology department in the Behavioural Science Institute; writer; voracious podcast consumer; mother of two upstanding little gamers

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Director of GEMH Lab

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Elke Schoneveld

PhD-candidate and psychologist interested in the effect of games on mental health in youth. Likes why-questions, social impact and multidisciplinary collaboration. Bubbly, (not so crazy) cat lady and outdoor enthusiast.

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PhD-Candidate

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Anna Lichtwarck-Aschoff

Assistant Professor at the Developmental Psychopathology Department, mainly interested in general processes and principles of clinical change; mother of two wild boys.

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Assistant Professor

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Marlou Poppelaars

PhD Candidate passionate about psychopathology prevention, intrinsic motivation and the use of video games for this purpose. Loves to read, cook and making sure that bomb does not explode.

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PhD-Candidate

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Tom Hollenstein

Associate Professor in Developmental Psychology at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Associate Professor - Collaborator

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