Master of Arts (MA)
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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Lingenfelter, Patrick Clinton, "Autonomic response and behavioral performance of avid video game players on a decision-making task" (2009). LSU Master's Theses. 2559.