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This Emotion of Mine: a diary study on affective learning in videogaming environments.

Cassinelli, James (2019) This Emotion of Mine: a diary study on affective learning in videogaming environments.

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Abstract:Videogames are a medium that is growing in popularity, disregarding age, sex and socio-economic barriers. This study, utilizing a combination of methodologies, aimed at investigating the occurrence of affective learning instances in videogame environments. Affective learning is considered to be the process by which learning instances are enhanced by the emotions that the learner experiences. The methodologies that formed the research effort were a longitudinal diary study, investigating how participants play in numerous instances, and a follow-up interview, in order to understand more comprehensively the processes that the participants underwent during the longitudinal study. The findings stemming from the data explain what links exist amongst game elements and affectivelearning processes. Affective learning outcomes stemming from the data were empathy, willingness to help and perspective change: these outcomes were found in the participants in different degrees. Viewing the effects of Game Elements such as Mechanics, Context, Narrative and Ethics on participants led to the determination of their relevance relating to affective learning instances. The game utilised for this research effort, This War of Mine, was chosen due to it’s bridging characteristic: bridging two categorisations of the videogame medium, serious videogames and commercial videogames, This War of Mine is considered to be an innovative game that can shed light on both categorisations, in a holistic manner. The limitations of this study were underlined and conclusions to regarding the effects of Game Elements on affective learning experiences are drawn.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:05 communication studies, 77 psychology
Programme:Communication Studies MSc (60713)
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