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Video game violence and 'addiction' research
gporter333 
6/5/08 6:36:19 PM
Serf
Just wanted to thank "the two David's" (Hollingworth, Field) for their recent coverage of my research in Atomic (issue 88, page 10).

The online version of the article can be found at:
http://www.atomicmpc.com.au/article.asp?CIID=104069

We've had an excellent response to our survey from the gaming community internationally. The survey is still open for anyone who would like to take part:
http://www.nepean.med.usyd.edu.au/research/psych.php
(The survey can be found at the top right corner)

Thanks again and I'll be around on the forums, keen to hear your views on these issues.

-Dr Guy Porter
Clinical Researcher

For:
A/Prof Vladan Starcevic
Discipline of Psychological Medicine
University of Sydney
Australia






Edited by gporter333: 6/5/2008 06:37:12 PM


Edited by gporter333: 6/5/2008 06:38:23 PM

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Felipe 
6/5/08 7:14:54 PM
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Guru


I think I'm the exception to the rule, because I do not play many computer games - as opposed to some of my friends, who would rather play online (ie.. WoW, eve), than to expose themselves to the real world.

I will forward the survey to them.


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gporter333 
6/5/08 8:04:28 PM
Serf
Ok thanks for that.

-Guy

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TheFrunj 
6/5/08 8:29:19 PM
Titan

Thanks Guy :)

I already did this when you first posted, so I won't fill it out again. To keep the results more accurate* >.>



* Also, because I'm lazy :P

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colganaitor 
9/5/08 1:09:00 AM
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thanks! I'd be curious about the results.

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gporter333 
9/5/08 5:54:19 PM
Serf
Thanks for taking part!

Indeed many people who have taken the survey have asked to see the results. Our findings will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal once the data analysis is complete.

Not everyone reads medical journals though, so I hope to give feedback to the gaming community via the popular media - perhaps with Atomic.


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David Hollingworth 
9/5/08 8:26:10 PM
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We'd love to see some form of your findings, Guy, and we'd love to publish it here :)

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gporter333 
9/5/08 10:09:17 PM
Serf
Well the formal publication / copyright will go to the medical journal, but of course I can talk about our findings afterwards in an interview format.

I too am looking forward to finding out the results and I am not sure what to expect.

At this stage I can say that a large number of gamers have taken the survey, although a minority of these did not complete all the questions. This is a pity as incomplete surveys will not be included in the analysis.

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morris 
9/5/08 10:22:36 PM
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Is there a deadline for the survey or can people still take it?

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Ratticus 
9/5/08 10:36:08 PM
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Quote by gporter333
Thanks for taking part!

Indeed many people who have taken the survey have asked to see the results. Our findings will be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal once the data analysis is complete.

Not everyone reads medical journals though, so I hope to give feedback to the gaming community via the popular media - perhaps with Atomic.





Can you not publish it into open-media?

A lot of us cannot afford a Medical Journal.

Post it. Blog it?

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gporter333 
10/5/08 10:59:46 AM
Serf
I'd love to post / blog our results but scientific journals have very strict publication criteria - one of which is that the results have not been published / revealed elsewhere previously.

If our work is to gain recognition in the research / medical community, we need to publish it in a peer-reviewed journal. The abstract of the report would be free but I think feedback via Atomic in a subsequent interview would suit many gamers better as I can frame the findings in 'real world' terms rather than statistical medical-speak.

We're planning to keep the survey live until about July so there's still time to take part.

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iamthemaxx 
10/5/08 1:56:22 PM
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http://www.questionpro.com/akira/TakeSurvey?id=853330 <- direct link to survey (love the reference there by the way).


The questions from "how much that problem has distressed or bothered you during the past 7 days including today" onwards are a tad odd.

I'd argue that some of these 'problems' may not necessarily relate to gaming or potential addictions. I'd also argue that the answers that are akin to OCD tendencies may not be related to gaming.
And what if these problems didn't "distressed or bothered [sic] you in the past 7 days including today?" because you were unaware of them due to prior psychological issues?

So by including these you may be unnecessarily biasing the survey. But then I am not a Psychologicalamist or anything so they may be weighted based on previous answers.

Just some musing as I was completing the survey.


Looking forward to the results, I hope you are getting out there on other forums pushing this research.

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gporter333 
10/5/08 5:59:24 PM
Serf
I agree that many of the questions in the second section can seem a tad odd, although these are the types of questions we ask all the time in psychiatry/psychology. The limitation of the online survey is that unfortunately we are not there to explain or clarify the question for the participant. They are best understood and answered according to their common sense meanings.

Many participants have raised the same concern that we may try to link every negative answer to video game use. This is certainly not the case as the second section questions are of course not necessarily related to video game use - it is simply how you have been feeling over the last 7 days.

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iamthemaxx 
11/5/08 9:12:18 AM
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But why just 7 days? Why not 6 months, doesn't that provide a more indicative overview of a persons mental state?

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Felipe 
11/5/08 11:03:17 AM
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Guru


Which medical journal? (so I can have a look at it at the Fisher library when it comes out).

I've started a Prep course in Psychology at USYD, so I'm actually quite interested in having a read of it.


FX.

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gporter333 
11/5/08 12:55:14 PM
Serf
Yes 6 months would give a more 'longitudinal' picture of someone's mental state but 7 days is easier to recall for the purpose of a survey. This approach has been validated in previous research.

Some people have reported being more stressed out than usual over the last week for various reasons such as problems at work - but remember we are looking a trends here from hundreds of respondents. Statistically such anomalies cancel each other out when the data is looked at as a whole.

Often this type of survey is followed by clinical studies where participants attend a clinic and are interviewed in person. Clearly this format gives us a more accurate picture of a person's mental state, but the limitation here is the small number of people who would attend a clinic compared to an online survey. Each methodology has its strengths and weaknesses. Ideally the two methodologies should compliment each other.

Felipe - welcome to USyd! At this stage we do not yet know which journal will accept our work for publication. It is a long process of submissions, rewrites, etc, before acceptance. Our last paper was published in Australasian Psychiatry. The citation is:

http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content?content=10.1080/10398560701463343

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iamthemaxx 
11/5/08 2:28:40 PM
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SuperHero

Immortal


Thanks Guy - I appreciate the clarification and am looking forward to more posts from you.

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ArcaneMagik 
17/5/08 12:40:17 PM
Titan

Quote by Felipe
I think I'm the exception to the rule, because I do not play many computer games - as opposed to some of my friends, who would rather play online (ie.. WoW, eve), than to expose themselves to the real world.

I will forward the survey to them.


FX.




OMG! WHORE! So that's why you sent me the link?

:P

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gporter333 
2/7/08 8:57:34 PM
Serf
Today I met with A/Prof.Starcevic and the research team and it was decided that the survey will now close and data analysis will now commence. The survey has been live for over 4 months and we have a large number of participants.

Thank you very much indeed to everyone who took part!

Your responses are much appreciated, including the open text comments which we are just as important to us as the core data.

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morris 
3/7/08 7:23:42 PM
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Please keep us informed on what happens with this one. I'm sure many of us would be interested in the results.

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