Psychology of Video Games

Course Description

An overview of the psychological aspects of game playing, with particular emphasis on video gaming. The course presents the historical foundations of research into human play activity, as well as current research into video gaming and its impact on individuals and society. Students learn about the interaction between people and video games in terms of individual sensory response, personality, and social behavior. Covers human-computer interaction issues specific to video gaming, such as cognitive processing, reaction time, idiosyncratic navigation, and non-traditional interface design. Topics include motivation, addiction, fantasy escapism, conflict, aggression, reward, player prestige, and alienation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Describe theories of human play activity.
  • Identify the psychological aspects of video games within the categories of sensory response, personality, and social behavior.
  • Describe strategies used in video games to maintain interest and further play activity.
  • Speculate on future trends in video gaming.
  • Describe both positive and negative effects of video games on individuals and society at large.

Prerequisites

Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 150,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Classes

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

100+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Campus Locations

Attend class onsite at one of over 20 campus locations across California or in Nevada.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.

School of Professional Studies

“Our faculty members have years of experience in their fields. That practitioner insight brings their course material to life and gives students tools and expertise they can put into practice right away.”
School of Professional Studies
Micaela R.
Class of 2014