Games User Research

Game User Research is an emerg­ing field that inves­ti­gates the inter­ac­tion between play­ers and games and the sur­round­ing con­text of play.

Figure_8_14Game User Researchers have explored dif­fer­ent method­olo­gies from human com­puter inter­ac­tion, psy­chol­ogy, inter­ac­tion design, media stud­ies, and the social sci­ences. They extend and mod­ify exist­ing method­olo­gies to the envi­ron­ments that com­pose dig­i­tal games with their many vari­eties, includ­ing social games, casual games, and seri­ous games.

The group inves­ti­gates emo­tions and games, psy­chol­ogy of play, psy­cho­graph­ics, as well as method­olog­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions for study­ing human behav­ior and psy­chol­ogy for the pur­pose of design­ing bet­ter games.

Faculty: Alessandro CanossaAnders Drachen, and Magy Seif El-Nasr

Students: Bardia Aghabeigi, PhD Student, College of Computer and Information Science

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