How to design and measure a serious game aiming at emotional engagement of social anxiety

Imre Dániel Báldy , Nikolaj Hansen, Thomas Bjørner

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This experimental study outlines how a serious game can be designed with the aim of simulating an emotional sense of what it is like to have social anxiety disorder. Novel within the study is the use of psychophysiological measures (galvanic skin response and heart rate) as ways to organize specific game events for later interview sessions. Card sorting was used as a projective technique in the interviews as a way to have participants talk about their emotional states. The psychophysiological data, measured by Mionix Naos QG mouse, was used to support self-reported methods consisting of a questionnaire and interviews. The study is based on 28 university students, and tested in a lab environment to minimize external distractions. The game was designed with three different scenarios, and it was concluded that one scenario in particular successfully simulated an emotional sense of what is like to have social anxiety disorder. There is still much future work to do on how to use and interpret psychophysiological measurement within game research. There is also potential for increased validity and reliability using methods other than self-reports, especially with emotional engagement as a research focus.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames and Learning Alliance : 8th International Conference, GALA 2019, Athens, Greece, November 27–29, 2019, Proceedings
EditorsA. Liapis, G. Yannakakis, M. Gentile, M. Ninaus
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-34349-1
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-34350-7
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventGames and Learning Alliance (GALA), 2019 - Athens, Greece
Duration: 27 Nov 201929 Nov 2019


ConferenceGames and Learning Alliance (GALA), 2019
LocationAthens, Greece
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science

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