Research Partners

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Richard M. Ryan was my doctoral research advisor. Our research focuses on how virtual contexts provide opportunities for video game players to derive satisfaction of the basic psychological needs for competence, autonomy, and relatedness.
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Kou Murayama and I are conducting research focused on the investigating self-regulatory dynamics of virtual environments. Our past work has been concerned with motivational and well-being correlates of variability in player self concept between real and virtual environments.
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Ed Deci was my doctoral academic advisor. We are working together to study the psychological impact of basic need thwarting on the energy and emotional well-being of players.
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Netta Weinstein and I are exploring the effects that immersion in nature filled in virtual environments have on life-aspirations, and psychological well-being. We are investigating enhanced personal autonomy and connectedness to nature as mechanisms linking nature to enhanced functioning.