Author Archives: gackenbachj

Nightmare Protection Thesis of Video Game Play in First Responders

Jayne Gackenbach and Carson Flockhart It has been hypothesized that video game play during the day may act as protection from fears during sleep, which are sufficient to disturb sleep. In this research program we have examined the dreams of … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nightmare Protection Thesis of Video Game Play in First Responders

Gaming, Social Media and Nightmares

While our group has been investigating the association between gaming and nightmares or nightmarish content in dreams, we have not considered the role of social media. The time has come with the widespread and pervasive use of such media to … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Gaming, Social Media and Nightmares

First Responders Needed for Gamer Research Study

I am following up on previous research into gaming as potentially nightmare protection and am looking for first responders. Here is the post I have created soliciting people with that background. If you know anyone who is a first responder … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Comments Off on First Responders Needed for Gamer Research Study

This last day of 2011 closes out a very busy year for me. I have three books which will be coming out in 2012 that I spent the year working on. Two are on video games and one on dreams. … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Depression and Video Game Play

I’ve been doing a show on the psychology of video game play for several months now and thought I’d tell you something of what we have done and what we plan for the fall term. You can see our list … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Online Radio Show Update

I’ve reached an agreement with Matrix Media, a national talk radio syndication firm.   Matrix is the company that launched Animal Planet Radio, Travel Channel Radio and the HGTV Design Minutes.   I’ll be working with Matrix to produce a weekly radio … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Radio Show Announcement

For the last two years we have been collecting information from serious video game players along several dimensions. These include video game history, several self report scales looking at aspects of attention (i.e., mindfulness, immersion and presence) and dreams. We … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Last Chance for Gamers to Participate in 2-Year Data Collection Effort

This is a paper to be presented at the annual Psiber Dreaming Conference of the International Association for the Study of Dreams, Sept. 2010 Video Game Play and Dreams: What are the Important Questions?   Jayne Gackenbach Grant MacEwan University … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Research Status Update and Dreams for Comment

The beauty of the film “Inception” by Christopher Nolan is that it supports public interest in dreams. Those of us in the dream community are all thrilled by its release and positive reception. You can find reviews and commentary from … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Now that “Inception” is released………

Video Game Players Currently or Formerly in the Military Researchers at Grant MacEwan University have been investigating the effects of video game play on various elements of consciousness. They have found that gamers have empowering dreams and experience the “reality” … Continue reading

Posted on by gackenbachj | Comments Off on Gamers in the military needed