Mind Games: The Psychology of Video Games

Mind Games: The Psychology of Video Games

Psychology plays an important part in video games from attract mode to risk and reward mechanics. Games are often designed around psychological principles designers sometimes take for granted. Games also are associated with a number of social issues: violence and misogyny. This talk will look at the psychology of video games and their wider impact.

Keir Liddle holds a PhD from the University of Stirling, and former president of Edinburgh Skeptics committee. He was one of the founders of the longest free sceptical festival in the world (Skeptics On The Fringe) and has a long-standing interest in psychology and video games. His favourite game of all time is the Legend of Zelda: A link to the past. You can find out more by following him on twitter @endless_psych. Skeptics on the Fringe is proud to be part of PBH’s Free Fringe. Our talks are free and unticketed, so come early to the Free Fringe’s spoken word hub at the Banshee Labyrinth to be sure of a seat. We have a different topic every day, bringing science, reason and critical thinking to the largest arts festival in the world. Please visit their website for the entire run.

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