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Monday, June 07, 2004

Earn Your PhD For Playing Computer Games
Yes, it is possible to get a PhD while playing games, at least if you're studying at the University of Southern California. In "A PhD in Mortal Kombat" (free registration needed), the Los Angeles Times reports that a "pioneering USC group tries to get into the heads of players to learn if the pastime harms or can help."

The Annenberg Studies on Computer Games is a 20-person multidisciplinary group which studies "the impact of computer game-playing on individuals, groups, and society at large." The group wants to understand how some players become "addicted" to gaming. The students will also investigate why some gamers develop "anti-social" behavior while others see an improvement of their interpersonal skills.

This overview contains more details and references, but if you have time, read the original and well-documented article.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 2:33 PM Comments (0)
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