Automatic mental processes, automatic actions and behaviours in game transfer phenomena: an empirical self-report study using online forum data

Ortiz de Gortari, A.B. and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2014. Automatic mental processes, automatic actions and behaviours in game transfer phenomena: an empirical self-report study using online forum data. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 12 (4), pp. 432-452. ISSN 1557-1874

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Abstract

Previous studies have demonstrated that the playing of videogames can have both intended and unintended effects. The purpose of this study was to investigate the influence of videogames on players’ mental processes and behaviours in day-to-day settings. A total of 1,023 self-reports from 762 gamers collected from online videogame forums were classified, quantified, described and explained. The data include automatic thoughts, sensations and impulses, automatic mental replays of the game in real life, and voluntary/involuntary behaviours with videogame content. Many gamers reported that they had responded – at least sometimes – to real life stimuli as if they were still playing videogames. This included overreactions, avoidances, and involuntary movements of limbs. These experiences lasted relatively short periods of time but in a minority of players were recurrent. The gamers' experiences appeared to be enhanced by virtual embodiment, repetitive manipulation of game controls, and their gaming habits. However, similar phenomena may also occur when doing other non-gaming activities. The implications of these game transfer experiences are discussed.

Item Type: Journal article
Alternative Title: Automatic mental processes and behaviours in Game Transfer Phenomena: an empirical self-report study using online forum data [working title]
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Ortiz de Gortari, A.B. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer US
Date: 2014
Volume: 12
Number: 4
ISSN: 1557-1874
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10.1007/s11469-014-9476-3DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Added: 28 Oct 2015 10:33
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 13:55
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/25808

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