The potential interaction between time perception and gaming: a narrative review

Nuyens, F.M. ORCID: 0000-0002-8125-5229, Kuss, D.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-8917-782X, Lopez-Fernandez, O. ORCID: 0000-0002-4294-9156 and Griffiths, M.D. ORCID: 0000-0001-8880-6524, 2020. The potential interaction between time perception and gaming: a narrative review. International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, 18 (5), pp. 1226-1246. ISSN 1557-1874

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Compromised time control is a variable of interest among disordered gamers because time spent on videogames can directly affect individuals’ lives. Although time perception appears to be closely associated with this phenomenon, previous studies have not systematically found a relationship between time perception and gaming. Therefore, the purpose of this narrative review is to explore how gaming disorder may be associated with time perception. It has been found that gamers exhibit a stronger attentional focus as well as an improved working memory compared with non-gamers. However, gamers (and especially disordered gamers) exhibit a stronger reaction to gaming cues which—coupled with an altered emotion regulation observed among disordered gamers—could directly affect their time perception. Finally, “'flow states”' direct most of the attentional resources to the ongoing activity, leading to a lack of resources allocated to the time perception. Therefore, entering a flow state will result in an altered time perception, most likely an underestimation of duration. The paper concludes that the time loss effect observed among disordered gamers can be explained via enhanced emotional reactivity (facilitated by impaired emotion regulation).

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction
Creators: Nuyens, F.M., Kuss, D.J., Lopez-Fernandez, O. and Griffiths, M.D.
Publisher: Springer New York
Date: October 2020
Volume: 18
Number: 5
ISSN: 1557-1874
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Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 27 Aug 2019 08:47
Last Modified: 08 Dec 2020 12:04

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