Our Video Game Lab

From left to right: Hannah Stark, Alison Ditner, Sarah Gahr, Arielle Boyes, Carson Flockhart, and Ann Sinyard.

From left to right: Hannah Stark, Alison Ditner, Sarah Gahr, Arielle Boyes, Carson Flockhart, and Ann Sinyard, April 2014.

Dylan Wijeyaratnam, Elisa White and Akshya Boopalan at the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in the Netherlands, June 2016.

Dylan Wijeyaratnam, Elisa White and Akshya Boopalan at the International Association for the Study of Dreams conference in the Netherlands, June 2016.

USRI awardee who has just finished her degree and her data collection.

Ann Sinyard is a USRI awardee who has just finished her degree and her data collection.

Yue is the translator on the Special Project Grant examining dreams and media use in China and Canada

Yue is the translator on the Special Project Grant examining dreams and media use in China and Canada

Ali Ditner won at the 2014 IASD dream ball.

Ali Ditner won at the 2014 IASD dream ball.

Ming-Ni Lee, Taiwanese colleague, and Jayne Gackenbach at the 2014 IASD meeting.

Ming-Ni Lee, Taiwanese colleague, and Jayne Gackenbach at the 2014 IASD meeting.

My students and I have just returned from the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams in Berkeley, California. We were joined in one of our sessions by a Chinese collaborator, Ming-Ni Lee who is from Tiawan and is pictured below. Next to her is Alison Ditner, me, Arielle Boyes, and Sarah Gahr. Arielle presented her honors thesis and Alison and Sarah presented posters on projects that they were involved with in the past year.

My students and I have just returned from the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Dreams in Berkeley, California. We were joined in one of our sessions by a Chinese collaborator, Ming-Ni Lee who is from Tiawan and is pictured below. Next to her is Alison Ditner, me, Arielle Boyes, and Sarah Gahr. Arielle presented her honors thesis and Alison and Sarah presented posters on projects that they were involved with in the past year.

Sarah Gahr and Ali Ditner at the 2014 IASD poster session where they presented.

Sarah Gahr and Ali Ditner at the 2014 IASD poster session where they presented.

Research assistants from the 2013-1014 academic year.

Our video game research laboratory began in earnest in the middle of the last decade. Various students have helped and done their undergraduate honours thesis with us. These students and their work are listed below:

Honors Theses:

Wijeyaratnam, D. (2016). Nightmare Protection: Combat or Companionship? (Thesis supervisor).

Guthrie, C. (2016). Contemplative practice versus gaming: A further inquiry. (Thesis supervisor).

Gahr, S. (2015). The Relationship between Dreaming and Self-Construals, Sex Role Orientation and Media Use In Canadians of Differing Ethnic Backgrounds. (Thesis supervisor).

Ditner, A. (2015). Female Gamers and the Nightmare Protection Thesis: A Further Exploration. (Thesis supervisor).

Boyes, A. (2014). An Inquiry Into the Lack of the Nightmare Protection Associated with Video Game Play by Female Gamers. (Thesis supervisor).

Swanston, D. (2011). The Exploration of the Similar Effects of Video Game Play and Meditation/Prayer in Waking and Dreaming Experiences.  (Thesis supervisor).

Rosie, M. (2010). Dream Incorporation of Video Game Play as a Function of Interactivity and Fidelity. (Thesis supervisor).

Dopko, R. (2009). The Relationship between Video Game Play, Dream Bizarreness and Creativity. (Thesis supervisor).

Le, H.T. (2009). The Relationship between Video Game Play and Nightmares. (Thesis supervisor).

Olischefski, J. (2008). Individual Differences in Presence and Performance during Video Game Play. (Thesis supervisor).

Kuruvilla, B. (2008). The Effects of Video Game Play on Threat Simulation Dreams. (Thesis supervisor).

Independent Study Students and Research Assistants Past and Present.

John Bown

Mycah Darlington

Alison Ditner

Mary-Lynne Ferguson

Carson Flockhart

Sarah Gahr

M. Kuchinsky

Gabriel A. Mandel

Keyfer Mathewson

Ian Matty

Kimberly Masliuk

Ashley Samaha

Tyler Sample

Misty Tomashewsky

Heather Von Stackelberg

Alexis Zederayko
Current Projects in the lab in addition to the honors thesis above:

1. Video Game Play as Nightmare Protection: First Responders
2. The Association Between Video Game Play, Attention and Change Detection
3. Presence as Measured by Biofeedback Game Controller
4. GEFT and Gaming
5. Social Media Use vs Gaming and Dream Content

6. A cross-cultural analysis of video game play and social media effects on dreams: China and Canada