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When the Fun Stops: The Science of Addiction

Andrew Przybylski (Professor and Director of Research, University of Oxford)

Location: Room 202, South Hall

Date: Thursday, March 21

Time: 10:00am - 11:00am

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Topic: Advocacy

Format: Session

Vault Recording: Video

Audience Level: All

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have called for studies investigating video game addiction. The APA has identified "Internet Gaming Disorder" and the WHO has flagged "Gaming Disorder" as conditions possibly meriting treatment though it is not clear what these controversial moves mean for developers or scientists. In this talk, Professor Andrew Przybylski will explain the specific decisions taken by these health bodies, and what scientists know, don't know, and want to know about problematic play. The discussion will focus on the practical implications of the evidence and concrete ways developers can help advance science.


The audience will learn how the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization understand and define gaming addiction in terms of health policy, what scientists know about problematic play from 20 years of research, and how they can help improve the science of problematic gaming.

Intended Audience

Developers and gamers curious about the science of gaming addiction at the interface between research, policy, and game design will find this talk informative and engaging.