Blog Posts

Interview on Doc Talks: The benefits of gaming

I’m thrilled to share this recent interview for which I was fortunate to be asked to take part, aired on the widely watched Doc Talks series here in the Netherlands. If you want a quick primer on the research on the potential benefits of playing video games and our vision for developing games to improve […] read more

Using Video Games in the Context of Therapy

Platforming for positive development For a workshop I had the pleasure of delivering last week, I spoke with clinicians about using video games to aid therapy (slides available as PDF here). Off the bat I want to say that the spirit and gusto at the heart of my workshop was very much inspired by Jane […] read more

Gelderlander article – 15 seconds of fame.

A big thanks to Roeland Segeren of the Gelderlander for taking my broken Dutch interview responses and turning it into a cohesive newspaper article. Flattered to have been featured. Rough English translation: He is indeed a bit of a nerd. “I’m a researcher and I play video games” Adam Lobel (26) says with an American […] read more

Lecture: Social Interaction in Video Games

I was recently invited to give a lecture at the University of Amsterdam’s new “Gaming Studies” Master’s program. An exciting proposition, and a good excuse to sharpen my knowledge. Here’s the Lecture Description I provided which I now have to live up to 😀   Anti-social refuge or social haven: The social structures and functions […] read more

Play is evolutionarily and developmentally important

Although I have only been studying the effects of video games on children’s development for a brief while, the positive function of play more generally was an important field of study when I was receiving my graduate training in developmental psychology. The benefits of play (not specific to video games) have been studied for decades in […] read more

What you learn in games has real-world implications

I love this quote by Benjamin Franklin on the generalizability of lessons learned in chess to the real world. I’ve read it in several places, the last of which came from an interesting read I’ve been delving into this week, The Art of Failure, by Juul Jesper: “The game of Chess is not merely an […] read more

James Gardner’s prophecy – A blurb on gaming for healthy therapeutic outcomes

I was recently asked by a mental health care agency to write a short blurb on the opportunities for video games to be used therapeutically. Here it is… James Gardner wrote in 1991 that video games “can serve a variety of clinical purposes” including “releasing or controlling aggression, a means of dealing with success and failure, […] read more

Experience Sampling Methods – Oh the possibilities?

Psychology has a hard time being a social science. People from within and outside the field express skepticism about the types of measures psychologists sometimes use to make hefty inferences. For some, these measures often seem too removed from people’s real lives. Experience Sampling is a method that tries to get at the dynamic changes […] read more

Parenting styles in childhood as detterant for alcohol and tobacco use in teens

Here’s a study that might be relevant to those interested in some of the work we do here.   “UT Arlington research shows early dialogue between parents and children most effective in deterring teen tobacco, alcohol use” (News article)   Access the article itself here:   read more

Thoughts on SRCD 2013

The SRCD’s Biennial Meeting in Seattle has left me with so much to think about. Here, I try to organize these thoughts. In a future post, I plan on giving a journal-like account of how I spent my time at the conference. What is the SRCD’s Biennial Meeting? The Society for Research in Child Development ( hosts […] read more