New Straits Time: Gaming isn’t all bad

February 13, 2017 by Shannon

February 13, 2017 / By Aiman Maulana / Once again, Self-Determination Theory’s research gains attention in Gaming. What are the surprising scientific evidences on gaming, and how do the basic psychological needs tap into gaming and wellbeing. Read More :

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The Conversation: How Pokemon Go turned couch potatoes into fitness fanatics without them even realising it

August 11, 2016 by Pschult3

August 11, 2016 / By John A. Parkinson / This fun article talks about how Pokemon Go motivates users to be physically active from a SDT perspective. Self-determination theory argues that we will work energetically to satisfy three core psychological needs: autonomy, competence and relatedness. A person will engage in exercise if they choose to do...

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VentureBeat: Why do we enjoy playing games that simulate jobs we would never want to do in real life?

October 12, 2015 by Steph Green

Jamie Madigan, author of the new book ‘Getting Gamers: The Psychology of Video Games and Their Impact on the People Who Play Them’, answered this question by pointing to Edward Deci and Richard Ryan’s Self-Determination Theory. Madigan notes that it is “curious and sometimes baffling that people will willingly spend hours and hours playing games that...

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