The International Games Summit on Mental Health Awareness

10/16/2019 • ☕️ 1 minute read

The International Games Summit on Mental Health Awareness (TIGS) was held last week over world mental health day in Toronto, Canada. This was the first annual meeting of the group and was hosted by Mark Chandler and Take This. Attendees included…

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Pax East 2019

2/18/2019 • ☕️ 4 minute read

In March, I will be traveling to Boston for PAX East 2019. I am lucky enough to be on six panels this year ranging from moral panic to the nostaliga of video games. If you are going to be traveling East for PAX this year, here is where you will be…

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Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling: A rebuttal

8/2/2018 • ☕️ 9 minute read

In June 2018, a commentary article entitled “Video game loot boxes are psychologically akin to gambling” by Aaron Drummond and James D. Sauer (2018) was published in Nature. The authors assess if loot boxes (i.e., purchasable randomized rewards in…

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Pax West 2018

7/24/2018 • ☕️ 2 minute read

In a few short weeks, I will be joining some of my favorite people at PAX West in Seattle, WA. This time around, I will be participating in two different panels.

On Saturday, I will be part of the The Psychology of The Legend of Zelda Franchise panel alongside Drs. Anthony Bean, Stephen Daniel, and Sarah Hays…

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A Parent's Guide on Family Confidential

3/18/2018 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Have a tween or teen obsessed with video games? Find yourself in a constant battle over how much your kids spend on video games?

Earlier in the year, I spoke with Annie Fox about A Parent’s Guide to Video Games about kids’ gaming, its effect on…

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Choose Your Friends Wisely

2/27/2018 • ☕️ 2 minute read

When I was younger, my Mom would say that we become who our friends are. So if I was friends with the overachieving scholars, then I would rise up to their level. But, if instead I was friends with the kids getting bad grades, skipping school, and…

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Dress Code Not Optional

1/10/2018 • ☕️ 2 minute read

You know the old adage “dress for the job that you want”? I think we need to take that one step further and dress for the life that we want.

Here is an example: This morning I had a phone conference with a Kitsune client. As it was early this morning…

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Games and Spirituality

10/16/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

Back in August, I was interviewed by the Philadelphia Inquirer about the role that video games can play in spirituality. Specifically, how video games may help one connect with their spirituality and possibly induce feelings of transcendence.

This…

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Challenging Our Beliefs About Digital Parenting

10/7/2017 • ☕️ 3 minute read

Later this month, I will be speaking at the BRAVE Women’s Conference about how to tackle the new challenges that come with parenting in a “digital” world. This is a topic that is very near and dear to my heart. As a mother of two, I find myself…

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Beware of 'Digital Heroin' Clickbait

7/18/2017 • ☕️ 1 minute read

This week a new article published by Psychology Today entitled “Parenting in the Era of Addictive Electronics” puts forward the assumption that ”screen time, particularly the interactive kind acts like a stimulant, not unlike caffeine, amphetamines…

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