Title page for ETD etd-04112009-113634

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Lingenfelter, Patrick Clinton
Author's Email Address plinge1@tigers.lsu.edu
URN etd-04112009-113634
Title Autonomic Response and Behavioral Performance of Avid Video Game Players on a Decision-Making Task
Degree Master of Arts (M.A.)
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Mike Hawkins Committee Chair
Alan Baumeister Committee Member
Robert C. Mathews Committee Member
Russell Matthews Committee Member
  • MineHunter
  • pathological gambling
  • video game addiction
  • Iowa Gambling Task
Date of Defense 2008-12-01
Availability unrestricted
Avid video gaming is proposed as a term for individuals that play video games for prolonged periods of time. These individuals were predicted to show similar performance on a MineHunter, an analogue to the Iowa Gambling Task, comparable to the performance of pathological gamblers reported in the literature. Comparisons have been made between gamblers and video gamers based on similarities in the interaction level of the activity, as well as similarities in demographics and reported detriments in social and employment areas. The results of the study do not support a comparison. Avid gaming may be a hobby rather than a psychopathology like pathological gambling. The study does provide support for the use of MineHunter instrument. Advantages, limitations, and potential improvements for MineHunter are discussed.
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