Degree Type

Dissertation

Date of Award

2020

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy

Department

Psychology

Major

Psychology

First Advisor

Craig A. Anderson

Abstract

Research on self-determination theory has demonstrated that the satisfaction of basic psychological needs improves well-being and can thus be considered psychologically nutritious. Most of this work has focused on need satisfaction in the real world, but some studies have shown that need satisfaction experienced during video game play also leads to short-term improvements in well-being. It is not yet clear, however, how need satisfaction derived from video games compares to need satisfaction derived from real-world experiences. Can video game need satisfaction improve well-being beyond real-world need satisfaction? The present study addressed this and related questions using a two-week daily-diary study with a sample of 133 undergraduates who regularly played video games.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/etd-20200902-2

Copyright Owner

Johnie J Allen

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

148 pages

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